I've been cooking since Jr High when I told my step mom that I would rather help cook dinner than do dishes. I was oldest of 7 so she agreed. That was a long time ago. I've been married 35 yrs. I've been a stay-at-home wife & mother up until 8 yrs ago when I got a part time job. People think I love to cook. I don't. I would much rather someone cook for me :) That's life. I like making people happy, especially family. That is my motive for cooking tasty and somewhat healthy meals. I hate using box mixes because of health & nutrition reasons. I hate what food has become...full of preservatives, gmo's, high fructose corn syrup that is in everything, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pot lucks (when I don't have to do all the cooking). & Family get-togethers. I am grateful that I have a daughter that cooks as much as I do and passes me up when it comes to making things from scratch.
My cooking tragedies
Mistakenly using salt instead of sugar in 4 bean salad for a potluck. My neighbor had borrowed salt for a play dough recipe. She returned it in a zip lock baggie. I didn't know about her borrowing or returning it. When I saw the baggie on the counter, I assumed she had borrowed sugar so I poured it into the sugar canister. There was another time I made a chocolate pie and I forgot to add the sugar.