I am a stay-at-home mom to a wonderful little boy, born in May 2010. My husband and I prefer home cooked meals so I have the oven turned on every single day. I have made plenty of very good recipes, but have had a lot of duds as well.
My favorite things to cook
I like to make bread with my stand mixer. There is something about timing it yourself that makes the bread process more enjoyable.
As far as meals, my "specialty" is Paprika Chicken.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Granny used to have her whole family over ever other Sunday and would make a huge meal. A lot of times there would be two main dishes even. The one thing that she didn't do was drinks. Her kitchen was always a mess when her whirl wind of cooking was done. She wouldn't let anyone help clean it up either, she said she wanted to save it so that she'd have something to do when everyone left. She said it kept her from being too sad that her family was gone.
My cooking triumphs
I'm proud to say that about 75% of my meals turn into something I'd readily make again. I can't think of anything particular at the moment.
I did decide a few years ago that I needed a dish that everyone would ask for me to bring to family gatherings. I decided it would be homemade cheesecake. It took about a year but I got to making them better than everyone else in the family, and I am always asked to bring one. In fact, I wish sometimes they'd let me try something new.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married in the summer of 2008, I made a linguine, swiss cheese, and ham stew. The picture looked so yummy. It smelled awful and my husband had to throw it out because I was too busy getting sick in the bathroom. The Chinese restaurant down the street saved our dinner that night. The egg rolls were delicious though.