I'm a Southern woman who loves to cook, but I avoid the traditional over-fried, overcooked unhealthy dishes of my region; I'd rather bake than fry any day. I've been cooking for nearly twenty years (which is more than half my life), and I'm always looking to expand my repertoire of recipes. I truly enjoy cooking for my family and watching them heartily enjoy the fruits of my labor. I recently began to use herbs and that has re-ignited my love of exploring in the kitchen. Food nourishes the body and feeds the spirit and soul.
My favorite things to cook
Italian dishes. I'm also beginning to explore dishes of other countries and cultures. It's awesome!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Salmon croquettes and sweet potato casserole. These two dishes signify specific holiday traditions for my family.
My cooking triumphs
I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the first time by myself for my large extended family in my mid-20s. In large Southern families, that usually doesn't happen until you have your own house, kids, or at least are in your 30s, or are *allowed* to join the aunts, moms, and grandmoms in the kitchen. I was volunteered to do so by my mom, and it turned out pretty good--despite me NEVER having prepared many of the dishes prior to then.
My cooking tragedies
I've NEVER burned anything, never made anything that wasn't edible, or given anyone food poisoning, so I don't really have tragedies.
But I do have mistakes and dishes that didn't turned out as planned or weren't as flavorful as I would've liked.
My biggest goof was measuring too many cups of dried macaroni for the mac and cheese I was making. I ended up with way more mac than cheese, but thanks to a quick store trip from my dad, things turned out decently.