I am a Catholic wife and mommy. Cooking and hospitality are my gifts. I am an avid reader. I have a degree in Spanish. I really love music. I love swimming and running. I love beauty.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking vegetables. They are so beautiful and their capability for transformation is delightful. One of my favorite memories was when I was cooking at the Catholic Worker and someone donated some really scary looking carrots (they were covered in mud and looked like frightening claws, what a contrast to the unsoiled, perfectly straight rods that I have become accustomed to in the grocery store!) By the time those frightening carrots were cleaned, peeled and chopped - they were astonishingly gorgeous. I don't think those grocery store carrots could ever produce such brilliant coins of deep orange.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Getting a Pappa Murphy's pizza on Saturday nights and eating it with a nice glass of red wine and chillin'.
My cooking triumphs
I used to volunteer at the Catholic Worker House preparing meals for the guests. The friend I worked with suggested we make a soup which contained spices that the guests do not normally appreciate such as turmeric. She lamented that, despite all of our work, the guests were not going to appreciate the food that we prepared for them (their palates lean towards McDonald's). I said, "if it tastes good, they will eat it!" I tweaked and tweaked that soup until my taste buds were finally pleased with it's balance, complexity and completeness. And what do you know, the guests scarfed it down in record time and were asking for the recipe!
My cooking tragedies
I was having a mom's group over and I wanted to use the opportunity to experiment with make-ahead breakfast casseroles. I chose some recipes that used stuffing cubes and quickly skimmed through the reviews for any recommended alterations. The reviews recommended adding additional stuffing mix - which I did. I ended up serving my poor guests stuffing for breakfast. And I did so after telling them that food is my love language! Ah well:)