I am a very blessed and happily married woman who is mother of three awesome kids (ages 28, 26 & 25) and grandma to one perfect nearly two-year old boy with another due in September. I’m an aspiring Kentucky homesteader with a huge out-of-control garden. I love to cook and once a week all the kids come over for a big family meal. It’s my favorite day of the week!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook just about everything, though I'm not too big on sweets and deserts. Our favorite meats are lamb, chicken, salmon and a good ribeye. We only eat pork from our local CSA (heritage breed, organically raised on pasture). I've been trying to cook a lot healthier foods lately and try to choose organic and kosher ingredients as much as possible. I've recently discovered a passion for classic Italian and Mediterranean cooking. I've been scouring Amazon for the best cookbooks in that area and can't seem to stop collecting them! I absolutely love that cuisine! Garlic, basil & rosemary are my favorite herbs to cook with. I love cooking with garden fresh veggies and I go through a lot of olive oil in my kitchen.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving is my favorite day to cook, spending hours in the kitchen with my girls making a special meal that will wow and awe the family and put them all into a sleep inducing food coma...
When someone in the family has a birthday they get to pick anything they want for their special birthday dinner and I fix it for them, plus their favorite cake from scratch. They usually get their favorite breakfast too.
My cooking triumphs
My greatest triumph is a pasta salad recipe I created that people always rave about and they always beg me for the recipe. But I've yet to share the recipe with anyone outside the family. I've been told by everyone who tries it that it is the best pasta salad they've ever eaten. Around here, the leftovers get eaten for breakfast, lunch and supper until they are all gone, lol. I guess I'm waiting for a big pasta salad contest to come along and make me rich and famous before I share it, LOL. If and when I do decide to share it, I'll share it here first!
My cooking tragedies
When we first got married I tried to make a pot of pinto beans like my mother-in-law did (one of my husband's favorite things). She told me the recipe, which called for bacon. Instead of putting the raw bacon in the pot (which she just assumed I would know to do), I fried and crumbled it in. Needless to say the beans were terrible. We didn't have a garbage disposal then and I didn't know what to do with that huge pot of beans so I just set it outside the back door (it never occured to me to flush it down the toilet). It wasn't long before they stunk up the whole backyard! I finally dug a hole and burried them. I eventually did learn to make beans as good as Mama but we've never forgotten that first horrible attempt!