Live in a small, midwestern town. Grew up on a farm so learned cooking at an early age from my mother; hearty, from scratch, with German influence. Married with three children, one of whom has Aspberger's Syndrome, four grandchildren, one of whom is autistic. After 15 years in the field of disabilities I am working as a paraprofessional in the school system. My husband milks cows in a huge dairy. My oldest son is a professional chef, the middle one used to cook in a restaurant but is now in agriculture, and my youngest daughter, who is 12 thinks she wants to go into the medical field!
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soup. None of these watered down appetizer soups, but stick-to-the-ribs main meals! The combinations are endless! I also like to bake bread but it is so tempermental that it has taken me many years to produce a company-worthy loaf. I've practiced much more since getting a professional grade mixer with a dough hook!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Rommegrot(Norwiegen pudding) on Christmas Eve. Otherwise, in recent years I've tried to make a variety of dishes with different cultural themes.
My cooking triumphs
I once attempted raised glazed doughnuts and they turned out better than a bakery! But they were so much work I haven't made them since! A few years ago, I made jerked pork from a recipe in Bon Appetite that was out of this world! I used a smoker grill and a vinegary "mop" sauce to slow-cook it. I am a big recipe "tweaker" but it sometimes gets me into trouble when it turns out exceptionally well and I've forgotten to write down the ingredients!
My cooking tragedies
I have yet to make a flaky,picture-perfect pie crust like the ones my Aunt makes, so I cheat with the ready-mades in the dairy case! I also get too impatient when making sauces on the stove-top and end up scorching it!