I am a professional chef. I have two wonderful kids and I love to cook with my children. My son is really into helping in the kitchen - and my daughter has been cooking since she was eight!
My love of cooking came from my dear Gramma Papp. She taught me to cook, can, bake, crochet, garden, and love life!
I eat gluten free for health reasons. I think that a gluten free diet opens you up to a world of nutritious alternatives that you would otherwise miss out on. I have been exposed to so many new foods and cooking techniques because of it.
I am also eating more fruits, veggies, and less meat. So far since starting this new way of eating I have lost 45 pounds!
I do an 80/20 split. I eat healthy 80 percent of the time and "cheat" within reason 20 percent of the time. That way I know I can indulge and get right back on the wagon the next day without guilt.
My favorite things to cook
I just LOVE desserts! I adore cake decorating. I enjoy the old fashioned recipes, the ones people don't use any more for "lack of time". I love to cook from scratch and have recently been exploring my heritage and experimenting with many Pennysylvania Dutch recipes. My forte remains baking, candy making, and decorating cakes though!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always make a big deal out of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. For New Years we have a "nibble tray buffet" that my kids look forward to every year. When times are hard, they will gladly skimp on Thanksgiving and Christmas to get the nibble tray buffet on New Years!
Holidays are my favorite time of the year! We really do up Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New years. The whole family gets into the planning and preparation of food and snacks every year.
My cooking triumphs
I just love it when I throw something together from things on hand and come up with a new family favorite!
I donated a three layered chocolate fudge wedding cake topped with fresh glazed strawberries and delicate chocolate lace pieces to a dear friend for her wedding. It was wonderful - and one of the most technically challenging cakes I have made to date!
My cooking tragedies
When I was a child I put one cup instead of one teaspoon of salt into a cookie recipe. I was so embarrased I threw it over the back fence into the field. The next day all the weeds had died under it!