I am a military brat with really, NO HOME TOWN. My mother is first Generation Hungarian who taught me to cook some of her mother's beloved recipies. I became interested in cooking when I was about 5 and have never stopped. I enjoy creating or "inventing" new dishes...it's like science to me. I don't usually use a recipie, I just kind of cook by feel. I appreciate other folks that enjoy cooking and cook well; not particularly professional cooks or the gormet type just regular folks who cook.
My favorite things to cook
Compiling a wide range of items to cook makes me most happy. A hodge podge of things that weave themselves together is cool. I feel pretty confident in my abilities to make gingerbread houses (have made them en mass for the past 16 years and use them as client gifts in my business..I start baking in early Nov. for Dec. 1 delivery dates) I enjoy making a whole host of soups, cakes...appetizers that are tasty and unique.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Has to be my gingerbread houses and Carrot Ginger soup. Having been married to a Jewish man for many years, our "Easter Dinner" was always Ham with potato pancakes....
Christmas Eve dinner has ALWAYS been home made pasta with grilled Elgin, Texas sausage (done on the BBQ) for my very Irish father...who thinks he is Italian.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering the gingerbread house. Started when I was first married and didn't have money to take an appropriate Christmas Dinner gift to the hostess in Beverly Hills....I thought outside of the box and made a gingerbread house..which promptly fell apart an hour after we arrived at the dinner. Not to be undone by gingerbread, I have spent the next 15 years mastering the art of their construction.
My cooking tragedies
The gingerbread house and my 100 lb. bisquick Pizza...I shoulda KNOWN that would be a bad one...looks even worse when I type it.