I have been cooking and baking since I was quite little. By the time I was 13 I was capable of preparing a complete meal on my own. I am a grandmother now and still enjoy cooking especially with the help of my darling granddaughter, Zoe. I got her started in the kitchen at at the age of three and now at 7 1/2 she has helped me bake cookies, cheesecakes, meat loaf and enchiladas. My adult kids never showed as much interest in actual cooking as my granddaughter! She has a natural affinity for it and often asks if she can help me in the kitchen. This girl is going to inherit my personal cook book! I made a book of family recipes several years ago and gave a copy to my two kids and to my niece and nephew. My own book keeps expanding as I am always adding new recipes!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking everything from BBQ, exotic dishes such as curried chicken, pies, cakes, cookies, salads...You name it! I simply love to cook and watch other people enjoying my food!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have let my grown children host the holiday dinners for a few years now, however, I am still a contributor to these events. My son hosts the large potluck-style Thanksgiving meal where all the guests bring a dish and I will bring a large pan of dressing, as well as a pumpkin pie or perhaps a French apple pie. My daughter hosts a large Easter BBQ every year and I will bring a dessert, a bowl of potato salad or some other dish. Every year at Christmas I bake about 6 different kinds of cookies and 3 different candies. I distribute them to family, friends and my former coworkers. Everyone loves the fancy decorated iced sugar cookies~ Especially the ones shaped like dinosaurs!
My cooking triumphs
I guess that the greatest triumph of all is people really enjoy my cooking and that I have a grand child who wants me to teach her to cook!
My cooking tragedies
Oh, I have had a few mishaps here and there...The latest being that I put a "lite" sour cream topping on my cheese cake and it bled liquid down the sides of the cake onto the crust making it soggy for the top 3/4 inch or so. Now I see it as a design opportunity! I am going to make a raspberry glaze that I will allow to dribble down over that soggy area and top the cake with strawberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges and blueberries. No one will be the wiser...The other thing that always is of concern to me is for a stray hair to fall in any dish or to unknowingly break a nail and wonder where it went! I once dug through a pile of clipped cilantro because I accidentally clipped into the rubber band that held it together! I had to go through the entire bowl THREE TIMES to dig out each rubber band particle until I was satisfied that none remained! Yikes!