I LOVE ALLRECIPES! Cooking is one of my passions, and the way I express appreciation and love for my family & friends. They all know me as "the cook" in our circle--if anyone needs a recipe, I'm the one they ask.
I've traveled all over the country and love sampling regional foods. We tend to stay away from chain restaurants in favor of local ones, and enjoy the delicious variety each part of the country offers.
I'm married to a wonderful guy and we have 2 beautiful girls who like being in the kitchen with their Mama. Find me on the Allrecipes blog here, or at http://houseoffrolicandmirth.blogspot.com/
My favorite things to cook
My absolute favorite recipes are clones from restaurants--it's so much fun to have people ask "did you really make this?" I also enjoy pastas, vegetable dishes, and creating lower fat, healthier recipes from those that aren't so healthy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year for my husband's birthday, I bake his favorite cheesecake, and my daughter gets her favorite birthday cake (it changes every year). At Christmas, I love baking biscotti for gifts and myself; ).
My cooking triumphs
Each Christmas I host dinner for my family, and it's the one time during the year that I get to cook everything for them! I plan the menu for weeks-having a successful meal is the highlight of my year. Also, every New Year's Eve, I host a dinner for friends, and they get so excited about being invited--it's great to know that I can cook something they enjoy so much!
My cooking tragedies
I can't make a good gravy. And I'm Southern!