I am a born Hoosier now living in the South by the beautiful Atlantic and enjoying it beyond words! Well I would more if I didn't have to work! I have a wonderful husband who's mother didn't cook unless it came out of a box and since I am a former chef and my family knew how to cook, well suffice to say my hubby loves my cooking! I am teaching him how to cook since I am the only one working; he is retired! He is doing great so far. But the most important person I cook for is that little picture above! She is our dog-daughter and is the sweetest and most playful thing in the world. She is an Orlane and I'm proud of it! She is a beauty too! I have cooked for all my Lhasa's for over a decade now. I do add holistic dog foods only approved by "The Whole Dog Journal" though. My babies get nothing but the best of love and care. Just as any mother would!
My favorite things to cook
I am more of a pastry cook than anything. It allows my creativity to show. I really don't like to cook at all. If I could hire a personal chef I would. (hubby is barely close)! I know he'd love a chef to move in! After cooking for a decade for the public sector, well that did me in! I will only cook for fun or sometimes out of necessity since sometimes the hubby forgets and I end up eating air!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and grandmother used to make homemade beef and noodles! OMG I think everyone in the family always would ask for that for their birthday meal! Other than a few special recipes that I may list here someday when I have free time. We enjoyed a good midwestern fare! Just good ole home cooking!
My cooking triumphs
Okay way back in 5th grade after falling out of a tree and breaking both wrists in both arms. I learned how to decorate cakes! My mom took me to her Wilton Classes back in the 50's! Making bread! Once you've tasted homemade bread you cannot eat store bought bread without tasting all those chemicals. Yuk!
My cooking tragedies
I've had plenty here at home. My oven is weird or possessed. I never know if it will ever cook things right! But my few times in baking bread in my bread machine, if it is too high of humidity, well it seems that will kill any bread. I don't know. Something happens. I may have been a chef but it doesn't make me perfect! Expert I am not, my husband loves my cooking! that was why I chose that category it was the only one that truly applied with the exception of being and expert! Oh NO I can screw up anything in the pastry arena. Main dish meals, I am more inclined to say close to an expert since that was what I did professionally!