I'm a working mom of 3 kids with a passion for good food!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a family of good cooks, so anytime we get together we eat very well. In fact, we have been known to do little more than visit, cook, eat, clean up, and repeat for a weekend at a time when we get together.
We are particularly passionate about chocolate, and there may be one or two among us who view dinner as an intro to dessert.
My cooking triumphs
My go-to dish is probably German Chocolate Cake. It is often requested by friends and family for special occasions, and is truly a labor of love. Although it's involved, it is dee-licious (if I do say so myself).
ANY successful meat dish - I grew up vegetarian in a vegetarian family and am now married to a meat-eater who grew up in a meat-and-potatoes family. His mom has taught me to make some favorite staples like her meatloaf, and I've picked up other recipes on allrecipes and from other friends. Since I don't eat most of these dishes, it's always a little bit tricky to know how to adjust flavors, etc., so when I get it right, it always feels good.
My cooking tragedies
My first Thanksgiving after college I was living across the country from family and couldn't go home. I was also experiencing an anti-traditional phase and was very outspoken against the traditional "brown and white" Thanksgiving fare.
I decided to make a Moroccan Thanksgiving feast for my boyfriend with previously untried recipes. The meal was, ahem, not a smashing success. Parts were barely edible. If memory serves, I believe we went to Denny's a little while later and gave thanks for recognizable, if a little gut-busting, food.
My other worst cooking moment happened when I was pregnant with my son. I started craving a vegetarian casserole made out of Special K that I'd had as a kid. I know, it doesn't even sound good. It was really terrible, and my husband, a former corrections officer, compared it to the un-tasty "disciplinary loaf" the inmates receive for bad behavior. He still asks me at times if he's going to get "the loaf" when he's in trouble.