After I retired from my teaching job, I was able to try new recipes on a more regular basis. I consider cooking a relaxing hobby and I welcome criticism, positive and negative. Family members are my favorite judges, my husband and adult sons in particular.
My favorite things to cook
Appetizers, soups, casseroles, sandwiches
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making use of all leftovers..casseroles, salads, pasta meals, sandwiches are wonderful creations made with assorted leftovers.
My cooking triumphs
Appetizers at holiday gatherings. I always bring something new and something tried and true. I try to make them takeaways....not always a dip that requires a cracker or crudite to enjoy.
My cooking tragedies
Veggie casseroles. Seems like the broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprout mixtures end up too mushy and the flavor of the vegetables get lost. I've had about a dozen tragedies in this category, so I try to stick to plain and simple veggies, with a drizzle of butter or olive oil instead of sauces and soupy toppings.