Now, back in Austin, I have a new outdoor living space with the coolest grill/smoker/rotisserie and am going crazy, smoking everything I can, from chickens, to turkeys, to brisket.
My favorite things to cook
Tamales. They take a lot of work, but I use quality ingredients (no lard, no yucky meat parts) and people love them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday cookies. Love making containers to give away.
My cooking triumphs
Cakes for my friends special occasions.
My cooking tragedies
Slow cooker stuff! We were in an extended stay for a while and I had to figure out how to make dinner with no oven, so I decided to try my hand at slow cooking. Had some disasters at first (overcooked chickens are nasty in a slow cooker), had some pleasant surprises along the way (leek & potato soup!), but now, I'm finally comfortable cooking most anything in a slow cooker. Live and learn! LOL