I'm a stay at home military wife and mom of 2 kids under 4 (and we're debating on 1 more!!). I am always trying to find new recipes to make that will please the whole family, and who ever we've invited over. I love to cook and have a pretty big recipe arsenal under me now which I share freely with new military wives and friends.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are usually things that are easy, quick, but come out tasting delicious. I've learned a few tricks along the way to make things go quicker, and taste like they took longer, which makes it much easier for me. I have also taken up baking which I LOVE. I have made some pretty delicious cakes in the past few months and I'm very excited to grow as a baker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was younger, my mother would cook dinner every night, and although a lot of it was the same week after week, occassionally she would pull out a new recipe and throw us all for a loop. I loved those "special" nights where we were all slightly afraid to try it, but knew it would probably be delicious. I try to have more of those "experimental nights" since they break us out of the usual boredom that comes with living in suburbia.
My cooking triumphs
I can cook pretty much everything, and hardly ever follow the recipe precisely. I'm a fan of getting fancy with the spices and I like to reinvent things to fit my families tastes and style as well as try to add new twists to old favorites. Basically, I think I'm just too fickle to stick with one thing.
My cooking tragedies
I used to be baking challenged, but a good friend of mine took me under her wing and TA-DA! I am officially a baker! I was too terrified to step out of my comfort zone, and due to having a oven with incorrect temperature, things never turned out perfect. Problem solved! I'm still leaving the grilling/BBQing to my husband. I don't understand the whole "coals" thing. ;)