I never used to be able to cook. Frozen burritos that I could microwave were a staple in my life. But just before I got married, I dabbled in selling Pampered Chef products. That forced me to learn to cook--and it made me realize how FUN cooking is! I no longer sell Pampered Chef products, but I still love cooking and baking!
My favorite things to cook
I've gotten very good at baking things, though I still usually go the easy route with a lot of desserts (boxed items). I make great quesadillas and a couple of different pasta sauces. I'd like to work my way up to hosting a large family gathering (e.g. Thanksgiving or Easter).
My favorite family cooking traditions
I've only recently begun bringing my children into the kitchen with me when it's time to make holiday cookies, or just everyday cookies and brownies. I'm finding that it's a good way to work on my patience with them, as well as teaching them the basics I never learned until I was an adult.
My cooking triumphs
Kahlua and Cream Cheesecake! Yum! Yum! I always thought cheesecakes were so hard to make, but this was actually pretty easy--and it was a huge success!
Also, I recently co-hosted a pasta cook-off with a brother-in-law, and we got RAVE reviews!!!
My cooking tragedies
My mother-in-law's recipe for quiche. I was still pretty new at cooking. I got a little creative and didn't pay attention to some key ingredients. I put in spicy sausage where it asked for regular breakfast sausage. I put in pepper-jack cheese instead of swiss. And (here's the big mistake) I got evaporated milk mixed up with condensed milk! So I had this sickeningly sweet AND ultra spicy quiche that didn't quite have the right consistency. My husband--being the good sport he is--asked for seconds, when I couldn't get past the first bite!