I love to cook for the joy of cooking. I know my cooking makes people happy. I know they enjoy it. That makes me extremely happy. The satisfaction of seeing friends and family enjoy what I put so much effort into is immensely gratifying, and I just love knowing my loved ones are happy no matter what it is making them so. It's truly enjoyable to see how I make my friends and family happy through one of my passions. :)
I'm a country girl at heart with a chic city streak hiding beneath. My tastes in everything are ecclectic and ever changing. I have many other joys and passions besides cooking, including: horseback riding, drawing, painting, writing poetry and short stories, reading, music, visiting museums, road trips with roadside attractions, fishing, camping and many other "country girl" outdoor activities.
My favorite things to cook
I absolutely love cooking just about anything, but my favorite things to cook would be the things that my friends and family enjoy the most (the things they ask me to cook repeatedly). Anything I can use as a base recipe then turn into my own with little variations here and there is always a plus in my book! I am also an adventurous cook and LOVE trying new recipes! So, any new recipe is a favorite until I find out if it's a flop! LOL
My favorite family cooking traditions
Whoopie Pies. My Nana made these when I was little, before they were a "new" food on the scene. People who are into the whoopie pie fad these days don't understand that these were a baking tradition for many families starting generations ago. I always think of them as a New England recipe as that is where my Nana was from, and the only place that I knew people knew they existed when I was a kid. I shouldn't dwindle the traditions down to just one. I loved baking with my Nana. She made everything from fresh bread to from scratch cake donughts and more. No mixes ever started her baking recipes. Baking with my Nana was always a special event and I still enjoy using her recipes to this day. She is the one who imparted my love of baking.
My cooking triumphs
I have many personal cooking triumphs, and I'm not ashamed to say that. Why? Because what I consider a triumph is creating a dish I've never made before perfectly the first time I make it. One of my most recent personal triumphs would be roasting a delicious leg of lamb successfully on my first attempt! Amazing! I also recently found a Tikka Masala recipe on the site that I was thrilled turned out tasting just like the dish at my husband's and my favorite Indian restaurant! YUM!
My cooking tragedies
For some reason my first ever attempt at crockpot chicken noodles was a complete failure. I followed the recipe as indicated, but the noodles were overdone and became mushy creating a glue like texture that was very unpleasing. My second attempt at chicken and noodles was on the stove without a recipe, just "winging it" and THAT was a much more successful result. So, maybe it was the fault of the crockpot recipe with my first attempt. ;)
One other "tragedy" that sticks out in my mind was my failed homemade cornbread when I was about 13. It came out as flat as can be without a single hint of levening... which I swore I had to have put in... but being 13 and new to cooking and baking I am now sure that is exactly what was missing lol.