I started cooking as far back as I can remember. It was tradition in my family that when at Grandmas, Aunts or at our own home we were in the kitchen with the older woman working and learning by doing. I can remember my Grandmother cupping my hand putting in salt or pepper, etc and telling me, "feel and see, this is a 1/2 teaspoon", "feel and see, this is 1 tablespoon", "Come look, see how this sauce moves in the pan? Now it is done." Being in the kitchen was not just smelling and tasting or following a recipe, it was looking, touching, feeling, making the food your own. I honor my Grandmother's memory and my Mother every time I cook, especially since my children are at my hip with me saying, "feel and see" to them.
My favorite things to cook
Italian and German food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I think my favorite is New Years because we cook a traditional German/Irish meal. It allows me the opportunity to share not only how to cook the food, but why we cook the menu we cook and what it means to our German/Irish heritage.
My cooking triumphs
My spaghetti sauce. I have not met anyone who does not want my recipe or does not suggest I start canning and selling it.
My cooking tragedies
I am not the best baker in the world. I can make great cakes, pies and brownies, but I struggle to make the perfect cookie. I have lost many to over cooking. lol