I began cooking when I first got married and realized I didn't know how to cook. :) When my kids came along, I realized I love producing intoxicating aromas for my family to remember me by. Do you know what it's like to smell cookies or a roast and be transported in time back to you mother or grandmothers kitchen? I hope my family has a lot of fond cooking memories of me.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a sponge and I love learning new things. from tortillas to egg noodles. I think if I can make it, it's got to be better than store bought. I've discovered I have a passion for eating off the land. I love learning about edible plants that grow here and using all of the game we get from crawfish to venison.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Birthday parties hands down. It's the one day of the year the focus is on (usually) one individual, you can customize everything according to what they like and it can vary greatly year to year. A great homemade birthday dinner is a gift in itself, something your loved one will remember long after they've outgrown their gifts. I really enjoy teaching my daughter.
My cooking triumphs
My first ever homemade croquembouche with spun sugar, delicious, and thick homemade egg noodles, my first batch of jam.
My cooking tragedies
A LOT! Since I started out having not a clue I made a bunch of mistakes like temperature/time variations, ending up with raw meat or burnt meat, or hard rocks for biscuits. I describe myself as creative which means I don't like to stick to recipes. In the early days especially, I had many flops. More recently I tweaked the sugar amount in a jelly recipe and wound up with syrup.