I love my family! They are my best (and worst) critics, although it gets a little sketchy because they're 5,7 and 9 and a 38 year-old picky eater. Cooking is my #1 hobby and if I couldn't feed people my life would be somewhat empty.
My favorite things to cook
I really like hispanic dishes, im a sucker for cilantro. I like barbeque, southern, indian, veggies, some baking, and any recipe that catches my tummy's eye and is from scratch. NO processed foods (Don't recommed recipes w/any onion soup mix over here)! Oh yeah, and SPICY!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking w/my kids is always fun! It's right, what they say: kids in the kitchen will eat what they prepare. Making my hubby come pretend to pay attention to me cook in hopes that he will learn how to boil water is always fun too. Christmas dinner is always big and something new.
My cooking triumphs
Realizing that you don't need a recipe to cook wonderful food. Sometimes ya gotta use whats on hand and it may bring a masterpiece to the table! The tricky part is recreating it :)
My cooking tragedies
Most recent one: My son requested a lemon cake for his birthday. Found a wonderful recipe and called myself cooking it in a 9x13 pyrex pan. Needless to say, I hate pyrex for cakes! It wasn't the first time, but definetly the last....No more cornbread cake around here.