I started cooking when I was 16 years old using the Nancy Drew cookbook. Other than popovers and a peach cobbler, everything else I attempted to cook was a disaster. My first 'real" cookbook was "How to boil water". I still use it today- 27 years later.
My favorite things to cook
I love favorful food and thankfully have a family that enjoys trying new things. I am know for my baby back ribs, gumbo, ham and whole baked chicken.
I am not a baker!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, which I host for family and friends. I cook everything and from scatch, with the exception of my sister's sweet potato casserole. It's not Thanksgiving dinner (according to my family) if the following isn't served:
a brined turkey (thanks, Alton!), my ham, cornbread dressing,homemade yeast rolls (easy recipe), marinated carrots and my 'special" green beans. In addition, I always try a new dressing recipe and a different vegetable.
My cooking triumphs
I have mastered a baby back dry rub and the best ham recipe!
My cooking tragedies
I tried a Jamacian chicken recipe using thighs. It tasted like licorce (too much anise seed). My family still talks about the licorce chicken. The other was a winter root vegetable dish, using turnips, potatoes and pork. While it tasted fine, the color (or lack of) was unappetising.