I have been cooking since I was 12 years old. I learned out to make the perfect pie crust by watching my mom. She also had the most wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe that she made regularly for the grandchildren.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new recipes as often as I can. I like to cook soups quite often during the winter season, and use fresh herbs from my herb garden in the summertime. I also enjoy baking cookies, pies, cakes, brownies, and desserts, in general.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I usually follow an Italian theme for Easter, to include lasagna, fettucine alfredo, chicken piccata, garlic bread, green salad, and cannoli cake for dessert. This is a favorite of my children.
At Christmas, I bake lots of different kinds of cookies and I always make Chex Mix using a recipe my sister gave me years ago.
My cooking triumphs
I made a from scratch recipe for butterhorns, and they turned out very good and the family loved them!
My cooking tragedies
When I was in my early 20's, I had my mom and dad over for dinner and made a poppyseed torte for dessert. I couldn't understand why the torte didn't "rise". After talking to my mom, she said it was because I didn't beat my egg whites until they were stiff. I just beat them a bit! We all had a good laugh over it.