I am a 46 yr old mother of a picky 5 year old, so this is a great resource for finding things Savy will eat! I enjoy cooking quite a bit when I have time, and when I don't, it's great to get quick meals or slow cooker meals from here.
My favorite things to cook
I love to grill, and do so year-round. I keep trying to bake, but it doesn't seem to be my forte. More and more often, I am finding the old fashioned way to cook works best - basic food; clean flavors; wholesome, home-grown vegetables. These are what we love! I have a pressure cooker, and try almost everything in it, both for the great combination of flavors, and for the incredible convenience. I am also relatively new to using a bread machine. I drive to the farm to get our milk and cheese, and in every way possible try to use locally grown and produced food. Mom & Dad have chickens, so we have fresh eggs. And our vegetable and fruit garden seems to get bigger every year!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother always made corn chowder for Christmas Eve. My ex-husband's mother loves to make Christmas cookies with her granddaughters. These are things we remember forever, and I hope to make some of those things happen for my daughter. Also, as a nod to the past, I recommend the book "Root Cellaring" to everyone I know that is interested in conserving energy and preserving their own food (even has a section for city dwellers).
My cooking triumphs
Any time I can make a meal that makes my guests feel special. I made a dinner of baked potatoes, cabbage rolls, (homegrown) corn on the cob, and some salad, and two friends stopped by and raved! Over stuffed cabbage rolls! The tomatoes w/ the cabbage rolls, the cabbage and onions were from my garden. I am a devoted frozen tomato lover!
My cooking tragedies
Most of my baked stuff - I keep telling myself it's because my oven is so old that the temperature isn't regulated correctly. My flubbed pecan pie was a disaster, and I tried a very old recipe for a banana cake that was horrible! Both of them were dry.