Oct. 24, 2013 5:38 pm
Updated: Oct. 26, 2013 6:59 am
This month, we were paired up with two amazing companies - Johnsonville & Ore-Ida. Now let me say this before anything else: I am very honest about products and what I do and do not like. I have been a fan of both of these companies for
years. So this was one of the easiest assignments I've…
Curly-Q Grilled Sausages & Ore-Ida Golden Twirls
No-Fuss Lasagna by Johnsonville
Johnsonville One-Pan Italian & Ore-Ida Diced Hash Brown Potatoes
Johnsonville Italian Meatballs
Real Canadian Poutine
Hello! I'm Faith, a 26 y/o work from home mom to two sons - Aiden (7) & Peyton (4.) I'm married to my best friend Michael. We've been together for over 9 years now and married for over 4. I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new. And I must apologize for my food pictures in advance. I concentrate on the taste of the dish, not so much on it's appearance. Anyways, thanks for stopping by!
My favorite things to cook
Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food; you won't see a whole lot of vegetarian, low carb or raw dishes from me. I have lots of respect for people who live those lifestyles but I can't focus on just one way of eating (although if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so.) Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "ups" category. We never went outside the box although I always wanted to try something new (their income said otherwise.) We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and in-store foods - I jump on the idea of anything new that sounds good to my family and I. Even if its not the best, at least we gave it a shot. Thankfully, rarely does anything go to waste.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I lived at home, mom was always the one cooking (dad didn't touch the kitchen). We didn't have many traditions as my family just wasn't into that. I grew up being OK with that but now that I have my own family, we're working on changing that. My husband and I both cook and are working on a few traditions of our own. We are still trying to figure out dishes that are we want to make each year; so far baking two sweet potato pies at Thanksgiving and making white chocolate fudge during Christmastime has become a mainstay in our household.
My cooking triumphs
My sweet potato pie, fudge, homemade biscuits & pulled pork barbecue. I'm proud of anything I cook that turns out well, though, as mom didn't teach me much about cooking while I lived at home. I love my parents to death but they were set in their ways. "Kids stayed out of the kitchen." "Cooking is something you learn on your own once you're married." Now that I have my own home and my mom has softened a bit, she always shares recipes with me that I recall from my childhood when I visit. Deep down inside, I really think its because she knows I can't burn her kitchen down now!
My cooking tragedies
I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper/Ramen. It had too much seasoning, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!