I'm 40-somthing with a husband & three sets of twins ages 14, 12 and 8. I grew up with a mother who was a fantastic cook. I loved watching and helping her and started to pick and try new recipes on my own when I was probably only about 12 years old. I was a decent cook when I married my husband 16 years ago. But my husband was a trained artisan baker and somewhat of a "foodie" so it was time to kick it up a notch. I don't make up a lot of recipes, but I do like to take a recipe that I've been successful with and then find a way to make it my own. I know I have a keeper when my kids say, "You should make this again, Mom!"
My favorite things to cook
I like cooking, but love baking. I especially enjoy cake baking. I'm always on the lookout for the perfect recipe for every variety of cake...you know, the perfect pound cake, chocolate cake, etc. I also enjoy finding ways to get nutrient dense foods into my family's diet.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family's New Year's Eve party since I was about 10 is centered around a HUGE table of finger foods & desserts. Even when we can't get back to celebrate the New Year with my parents and siblings, we have our own table full of our favorite party food. I also make sure that every birthday in our home is celebrated with a cake from scratch...no cake mixes here!
My cooking triumphs
I have perfected roast pork, roast chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and chocolate cake.
My cooking tragedies
I can't seem to make a really good roast beef to save my life. I'm no good at fish yet, either. I guess the most inedible thing I ever made was ham gravy for Easter. The first time I made it, I added bouillon to the ham drippings while making the gravy just as I always do for chicken or pork roast gravy. I learned quickly that ham drippings are plenty salted enough! Needless to say, we had plain mashed potatoes for that meal.