When I'm not at my office job I like to cook and bake for myself and others. Born and raised in PGH, PA-Go Steelers and Pens!!! (As for the Pirates...tailgating is always fun and PNC park is awesome). My hardworking man is always hungry and up for anything I feel like making; he's also appreciative and accepted his duties as both sous chef and dish-washer. I enjoy entertaining and like to try out new recipies-luckily we don't hang out with too many picky people!
My favorite things to cook
Weeknight meals, cookies, appetizers, dips, football/tailgating/party foods, meats, potatoes, breads, casseroles, veggies, ethnic/seasonal/Holiday foods. Pretty much anything! I'm a big fan of perusing several different recipes and choosing ingredients/methods that I think will work well. The only problem I encounter is that I never measure and often end up throwing stuff together...so it can be hard to exactly recreate a recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving with my dad's family. Having nine kids and over 30 grandkids, my Grammy can feed an army. Baking cookies with my mom and sister. Now my mom helps me out in the kitchen, it's a lot of fun. My husband's Gram is probably the best homestyle cook/baker I know; so I've still got some learning to do there!
My cooking triumphs
I can't think of one thing in particular. Most of what I make is pretty well received though. My dad will polish off just about anything I make; I like to think of him as a garbage disposal...which is great because I hate wasting food! I think this site has given me courage to make more things from scratch than I ever would have before. I never realized how easy (if a bit time consuming) it can be.
My cooking tragedies
Dropping stuff on the floor...hasn't happened in a while though, knock on wood. Not a tragedy, but the kitchen is a distaster zone when I'm through with it; I'm a terribly messy cook. Also, as my husband likes to remind me, I often leave the stove/burners on...once for a whole weekend while we were away...whoops!