I have been baking cookies since I was 10 years old. I come from a family of 8, so we always doubled and tripled recipes. I still do to this day, although I have only one son! I am known as the cookie lady wherever I go, as I seem to have a knack for making sweets (much to the chagrin of my figure)...
My favorite things to cook
Cookies! Anything sweet...
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always helped my Bohemian/Italian grandmother cook and bake. Raw potato dumplings were my favorite, as were egg white pancakes, spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs, and her famous nutroll!
My cooking triumphs
Baking is my forte, but cooking is my downfall, as I can't cook very well at all. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I am always trying new and creative sweet recipes. Unusual ingredients are fun to play with, so I tried maple sugar on my now infamous "Vermont Crackles" which is featured in the Allrecipes.com cookbook.
My cooking tragedies
Forgetting to clean out a turkey for Thanksgiving and cooking the entire thing! Not knowing to add anything but ground meat to meatloaf (way back when). Frying has never turned out well for me. I also tried to make low fat and low calories sweets, and I don't think sweets were meant to be low anything!