To say I am a Rachael Ray fan would be a major understatement. I have never missed an episode of her tv show! My DVR is always full of her. I shoot a little compound bow and love to garden, and grow my own herbs. I can salsa, spaghetti sauce and pickles. I also make homeade jam and love to go to the strawberry farm nearby.
My favorite things to cook
My family's favorites are mexican for sure. I love to make spicy foods, but also go to comfort foods and soups a lot. I make almost everything homeade except pie crust. I love to bake, but have not mastered the pie crust. They never work out for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother always makes homeade pizza and strawberry danish junket dessert on Christmas. It really has become our tradition and everyone looks forward to it. My son even wrote about it in one of his elementary school journal projects.
My cooking triumphs
I really have learned a new way of cooking by watching Rachael Ray. I hardly ever follow recipes anymore, and have learned to substitute ingredients to make them more homeade. (like creamed soups and other convenience foods) I don't like to use convenience foods because you can control your ingredients so much more if you make it from scratch.
My cooking tragedies
When I was younger, I was following a cake recipe. Much to my dismay, when I baked the cake, it refused to rise or set up! When I went back to the recipe to see what I did wrong, I discovered I had accidentally added the frosting ingredients to the cake!