I have been married for 35 years to a wonderful cook. We share cooking in our home. My husband cooks one week and I cook the alternating week. We both enjoy creating new recipes together.
We have two grown daughters who have both turned into good and creative cooks. Their husbands are good cooks also.
I retired in July but still continue to volunteer as a cancer support counselor.
Since my husband and I are retired we are enjoying a lot of traveling. We enjoyed two weeks in Colorado - we were in Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park as well as Denver. We returned home for two weeks and then went to France and Switzerland for two weeks. Both trips were great.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making comfort foods - but try making them more health-friendly. I love making soups and bread in the cold months and grilling in the summer. I enjoy baking but have tried to confine it to only weekends or when we have company. My favorite desserts to make are pies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother and mother taught me the importance of sharing good, hearty meals with those in need and so I often take meals to families in crisis, just home from the hospital, undergoing chemotherapy, etc. I have passed this on to both of my daughters too.
Both of my grandmothers and my mom were excellent cooks. Many family recipes have been passed down 4 generations now. It delights me to see my girls calling and asking for their great grandmothers recipes.
Some fun traditions were to have homemade pumpkin pie on the first day of school. We also always had pancakes or waffles for supper on the night we got and decorated our Christmas tree.
We share Thanksgiving with my husband's family. We all share with the cooking by bringing a part of the meal. I always make the pies, homemade rolls and mashed potatoes.
My cooking triumphs
A recent cooking triumph occured when I saved Thanksgiving dinner by roasting a turkey at the last minute when my sister-in-law (designated turkey roaster) discovered her turkey was freezer burned and spoiled. I dashed to the grocery store, purchased a turkey, roasted it and had it on the table at HER house just 10 minutes later than the time dinner was to be served. Whew!
My cooking tragedies
I once went to a farmer's market and bought a lot of produce for my parent's visit. I steamed gorgeous fresh broccoli and was horrified when we discovered LOTS of green worms had also been steamed with it. Fortunately we discovered this before anyone had eaten the broccoli. Yuck! Thank heavens our guests were my parents and not my husband's boss!