My name is Lisa and I'm 30 years old. I never cooked much as a child but I learned more when I went to college. Now I love to cook for my husband and all of my friends and family. I usually get a lot of compliments on my cooking and I love to try new things. Food is a big part of our lives because my husband and I usually entertain almost every weekend! Once we had our first child, Cecilia, I started making all of her baby food. My friends thought I was crazy but I loved it! Now I love to try to cook to see what she'll eat.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook things that I make up myself. I usually just throw things together and it turns out amazing. My two favorite dishes are chicken with vegetables and linguine with shrimp, mushrooms and roasted red peppers. I cook a lot with chicken and I'm currently on a mission to find a great creamed chicken recipe. I've been experimenting but I haven't found the perfect combination yet. I also like to cook comfort foods like roast beef with all of the trimmings. We've recently started doing Weight Watchers so it's fun to try to cook dishes that taste great but are worth less points. My brother-in-law also recently turned vegetarian so now I'm experimenting with dishes for him.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My new grandpa (through marriage) is teaching me how to make his famous baked chicken and spaghetti sauce. I feel honored since they are well known family recipes. I love learning from Gramps because there's always a story behind each of his recipes. He is also teaching me how to can things like peppers and beets. My grandmother made caramel pies and passed the recipe to my dad. Now he makes them and I will too some day. She also has amazing recipes for mock chicken and ham salad that don't compare to anything I've seen.
My cooking triumphs
I have won three recipe contests. One with my shrimp linguine recipe, one with macaroni and chicken and the other with a stuffed olive recipe. The feeling I got from winning those was beyond anything I could imagine. I won $100 for each recipe and a gift basket and $500 for the macaroni. Since then, I've entered a few more contests, but I really don't know where to enter or what to enter. I'm just happy to cook for everyone else. I get the most satisfaction in hearing my parents, husband or friends telling other people that I'm a good cook.
My cooking tragedies
In home economics class in the eighth grade, I burned no bake cookies! That's right, I added the peanut butter to the pan with the heat still on and it was stuck to the bottom of the pan. Oh they were gross! I really haven't made too many desserts since then! I'm more of a savory cook now! Oh, another cookie instance...I put 2T instead of 2t salt in cookies. Needless to say, they tasted like a salt lick!