I am 36 years old, have been married for 10 years and we have three young children (the oldest is turning 7 in a few days). My husband and I both work full time outside the home and I often feel as though there aren't enough hours in the day!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake desserts. Cookies and bars are probably my favorite, but I enjoy trying all types of desserts, especially anything with chocolate. I love to try new recipes, but due to our hectic schedules, I rely on quick and easy main dishes most of the time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is a terrific cook, and I grew up watching her. I remember often on Saturday nights she would bake a homemade treat for Sunday. We always had a big Sunday dinner (the noon meal) after church. Her roast beef and homemade noodles with mashed potatoes is still a family favorite! No matter how I try, my roast never turns out as tender and juicy as hers. I hope to pass on the tradition of a large Sunday meal to my children, although they are all very picky so far. It gets frustrating, but I just keep trying...hopefully someday they will appreciate homemade food over frozen chicken nuggets!
My cooking triumphs
I am known by my friends and colleagues for being a good baker. Anything my family likes is considered a success. If I can perfect my mom's pie crust, it will definitely be a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I remember trying to make meatballs when I was a teenager and they all fell completely apart in the pan. I was in tears. One time I took a green bean casserole to an ex-boyfriend's family Christmas dinner. It was the first time I'd used frozen green beans and didn't bake it long enough--they were almost crunchy! It was very embarrassing, especially since he'd told them I was a good cook.
Gravy is always a gamble for me. Biscuits with sausage gravy is one of my husband's favorites; most of the time it turns out great but sometimes the gravy refuses to thicken! I made a pie this past weekend to take to my in-laws. It looked and smelled delicious but I'll never know how it tasted b/c their dog managed to knock it off the counter & eat it while we were outside. Bummer!