Love comfort food, but made easy because of busy career and family responsibilities. I am also a traditional cook so I have some recipes that I have now handed down to the 4th generation of family cooks....some could probably be credited to prior generations but honestly, I learned to cook from my grandmothers - one from East Texas and the other from Central Texas - both amazing bakers and cooks.
My favorite things to cook
Casseroles and one-pot meals for easy lunch the next day at work. Baking unique and impressive sweets for family get-togethers, friends and co-workers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditional holiday fare, made-from-scratch baked goods, and experimental throw-togethers from the pantry and freezer.
My cooking triumphs
Pitched a cookbook fundraiser for charity to a professional organization which was a huge success. The result was a 490-recipe, 3-ring binder cookbook with over 2,400 units sold, substantially under publisher's suggested retail price, and garnered $23,000 for cost of publishing and grassroots marketing PLUS $16,000 for charity and approx. $1,000 in seed money for next project. Recipes were submitted from around the world and several were identified early on as definite must-haves.
My cooking tragedies
Pecan pie. I cannot get one to turn out. Have been shown up by my 21-year-old niece who has scored everytime with a recipe from the cookbook I was involved in publishing. She says the cookbook is the greatest gift she has ever received...especially because she married early last year and is now expecting her first baby.
UPDATE: My niece (now 24) finally told me which Pecan Pie recipe she uses, gave me her secret twist, and last weekend I had my first success! Woo Hoo! Maybe I'll tackle a cherry pie next!