My favorite things to cook
I love to cook for other people; not for myself. I love to bake bread, pies, sweet rolls and cookies. I love to experiment with new recipes
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ring-a-lings for Christmas breakfast.
My cooking triumphs
When I was in Junior High School I would make 8 loaves of bread a week for my family. I first started making bread in 6th grade.
My cooking tragedies
When I was a kid I made liver dumplings. They were horrendous.
My first pie I made when I was about 12 years old. The recipe called for lard. I didn't know what that was, so I used some leftover hamburger grease that had been sitting on the stove for several days. When my mother found out, she made me throw the pie away. It looked very pretty, however.
The first time I tried to make cookies I was 2 or 3 years old. My mom was taking a nap, so I got out the Betty Crocker cookbook, turned it to the chapter on cookies and started to "read" the recipe. I couldn't get the cinnamon container to open, so I used poultry seasoning instead. Everything was going fine until I spilled the sifter full of flour on the floor. Then I woke up my mom. I remember the cookies tasting very good.