I have learned a lot from my mother and grandmother, they had me in the kitchen around the age of 2 doing little things for them as I watched them work their magic. So naturally when my children came along I did the same thing for them. They are also great cooks. My granddaughter is almost 2 years old and I now have her in the kitchen with me. She loves to cook with her Meme. The first time she helped me make banana bread she was about a year and a half old and I let her smash up the bananas with her little hands. She thought that was the best thing in the world and now she has to cook with me every time she is with me.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make good ole southern foods, such as pinto beans, collard greens, cornbread. I also like to bake and experiment with chicken. I REALLY enjoy searching for and making recipes from different cultures. We get such enjoyment trying these recipes and experiencing just a small portion of that culture.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I for the holidays I always get up earlier and make a new breakfast dish, something we never have had. Then I will begin to make our dinner. I like to have music playing such as Christmas music when it is Christmas time. For Thanksgiving we play American Indian music. For Thanksgiving this past 2 years I have gotten a white cloth table runner and before dinner is served I ask everyone to write on the runner what they are thankful for and to sign their name. Also included on the runner is the menu for that year and any special recipes that were used.
My cooking triumphs
My granddaughter is a very lite eater so she does not get enough fruits and veggies. I made these "cookies" that are made from sweet potatoes, raisins, dates, spinach and butternut squash. She thinks these are cookies and she loves them. As soon as she walks into my house she is asking for her cookies. They are very healthy for her so I don't mind letting her eat as many as she wants. I will submit the recipe as soon as I can figure out what the measurements are because I just came up with the recipe while experimenting I did not measure anything out.
My cooking tragedies
I can say honestly that the Chicken and Dumplings is the only oops I can think of. I made this for the first time when I was 16 and proudly served it to my family and they all looked at me like I was nuts so I asked my mom what was wrong and she told me that I was supposed to take the chicken off of the bone. OOPS. Needless to say I have never been able to live that one down. But because of that I now do a lot of research on a recipe before I begin making it. I have made plenty of recipes that didn't turn out but that was due to the kind of recipe nothing that I screwed up.