I am an Anglo-Dane who married an American in Oxford.
I have now lived in Saint Louis, MO, over 40 years.
My favorite things to cook
!)I learned to cook from my mother and grandmother in Denmark. Then I learned to cook French from Julia Child. I have cooked through most of "Mastering the Art", though over a lifetime, and not every day as in the movie. My favorite passtime is to bring family and friends together, and nice food helps to do that.
I love making really delicious soups. One I like is bouillabaisse.
I am proud of my Thanksgiving turkey which is fresh, brined, and stuffed with cornbread dressing, but it took me at least 25 years to get it exactly right!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like cooking old-fashioned Danish meals like Christmas dinner with roast pork with crackling, red cabbage and caramelized potatoes, or Christmas or Easter lunch with a "cold table" or openfaced sandwiches. My grandmother (Mormor) made wonderful Danish pancakes and aebleskiver and pretzels, and I like to do that, though I think hers were better. In England my mother learned how to make incomparable roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, and I learned that from her, I also learned how to make steak and kidney pudding and pie as well as pork pie, Melton Mowbray style.
My husband's family is from the American South and I quickly learned how to make seafood gumbo (thank you Mrs. Vandavender), pralines, and ambrosia.
My cooking triumphs
Meeting the challenge of serving up good, scratch-made meals for large crowds on short notice.
But my greatest triumph is that my son wrote his college application essay about food, including my cooking. After completing college in fine arts he also graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and now works in the sustainable organic food sector.
My cooking tragedies
Having meatballs for Thanksgiving because I forgot to thaw the turkey.