I have been cooking since I was 9 years old. I started in 4-H and just kept going. My mother and I owned a restaurant in her 175 year old farmhouse for five years. We served family-style meals on Friday and Saturday nights. She retired and we closed in 1995, but still get the occasional phone call for reservations.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook desserts and presently bake whipped cream cakes for special occasions including weddings.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Day we have h'ors d'oevres and desserts for an all day feast. Our must-have is Date Steamed Pudding with butter sauce. An old family recipe that never gets old.
My cooking triumphs
Any meal that everyone enjoys is what I consider a triumph. One favorite is my pot roast with horseradish, and chocolate mousse peppermint whipped cream cake.
My cooking tragedies
There are too many to count. Although everyone seems to think I cam a great cook, they do not see the things that go directly to the trash!