I have been helping in the kitchen since I was 5 and cooking meals on my own by the time I was 11 years old. I worked for 4 years at a summer camp in their kitchen and now work for a commodity group helping consumers with cooking questions. My husband half teases that the reason he married me was because I knew how to cook.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, especially yeast breads. For two years in a row, I have donated my baking to our United Way silent aution. First year was a dozen cinnamon rolls and last year was two loaves of challah. I also make a mean oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family started me young. I love the basic fact that my mom and both grandmothers encouraged me in the kitchen and let me help when age appropriate. Cooking with kids and letting them be a part of the meal and the experience not only creates better eaters but also helps them as they become adults.
My cooking triumphs
My husband telling me that my cinnamon rolls were as good as his grandmother's.
My cooking tragedies
First year in summer camp kitchen. First day, I was put in charge of making the carrot cake for dinner. The flour in the bin looked a bit funny but I put it in. Just after we pulled the very flat cakes out of the oven, we did the kitchen tour. The "flour" I used was actually Non-Fat Dried Milk. Oy!!