I am a wife, mother of two, and food fanatic. Cooking is my release, my way to unwind.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook new recipes over and over to change it and make it my own. A little bit more of this, a little less of that, and ta da!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is scattered and tend not to keep in touch. With this said, I've created my own traditions! Since my son was 9 months old, I bake and we decorate cookies for Christmas. This year (2009) I made the mistake of purchasing the decoration stuff before I baked the cookies. My now 4 year old was horrified and is barely speaking to me! ha ha ha. My kids are a trip!
My cooking triumphs
I can cook a great meal on the fly. As a child my mother didn't have too much time to cook and after a while I got sick and tired of take out. So, at the age of eight I got into the kitchen and started cooking for myself before my mom got home. Even when we didn't have much in the cabinet I could pull something off that was delicious!! When my mom realized my talents she would have me make the shopping list and would take me to the grocery store to get what I needed for the experiments I would be cooking for the week. After finding a good taste I'd alter it to my liking and serve it to anyone who'd eat it!
My cooking tragedies
I cannot for the life of me cook a decent gravy!!! Any gravy...even when I follow a recipe I just don't seem able to do it!! I can get it to the right consistency, but it tastes like flour, or it tastes great and looks like soup! Any advice will be taken to heart!
2009 Thanksgiving update: I DID IT!!! I MADE THE MOST FABULOUS GRAVY EVER! I didn't use a recipe. I boiled the giblets for several hours in chicken broth with pepper and a tiny bit of garlic. The I took out the big chunks of left over meat and combined the giblet liquid with the turkey dripping and stirred it over medium flame with corn starch instead of flour. It was amazing. Everyone loved it, and the people who don't know about my past failures thought I was an expert at gravy! HAHAHAHA