I cook because I love to eat! Fortunately, my husband is wonderful about trying my "experiments." I love receiving new cookbooks for gifts and collecting them when we travel. My primary motivation is that I really tire of the same old thing week in and week out.
My favorite things to cook
Anything new and different, but I admit I have a weakness for desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking Christmas cookies is my favorite cooking ritual. I start right after Halloween (when I'm organized!) and don't stop until right before Christmas. My freezers are bursting at the seams by Christmas with homemade treats. I actually try to get all my shopping done really early just so I have more time to bake. Sad but true!
My cooking triumphs
Any time I try a new, complicated recipe and it turns out well I feel triumphant! The real litmus test is if my children like it because they are very picky.
My cooking tragedies
One Thanksgiving I was having my husband's entire family for dinner and when it came time to make gravy, I reached for the wrong canister and ended up thickening my meat juices with pancake mix instead of flour. We basically had pancake batter with our lovely roasted bird!