A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to culinary school and loved every minute of it. So after nearly 20 years working as a paralegal, I took the plunge and changed careers. I was the baker at a "corporate dining" facility feeding the construction workers who are building a microchip manufacturing plant. I earned much less but I loved every minute of it - even though those minutes started at 5 AM!
Now I am back to work as a paralegal albeit only part-time but I have also taken custody of two little angels who were in a violent and abusive home.
I also volunteer by cooking at a small local hospice. I wish I could foster a new career for myself and others as a "Food Therapist". My efforts will not cure these people but I have found that I can provide enjoyment and the boost that a meal can bring. At the same time, the enjoyment I get is at least equal to their enjoyment of my efforts.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything but baking is my passion.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday meals with ALL the extras. Too much food for anyone to eat everything. I can't wait to pass the holiday traditions on to my granddaughters who are already Grandma's best helpers!
My cooking triumphs
I love the fact that even though our mother was a good cook and my five sisters are all good cooks, everytime I bring somethng new to family get-togethers, I am always asked to bring it again!
My cooking tragedies
My mother did a lot of cooking without recipes so I thought that's just what you did. One time when I was about 12, I was home alone and decided to make a pie. The crust was really not edible. Decades later, I still remember that pie!