I started cooking with ladies in the neighborhood when I was a kid. I learned how to make tortilla's, and corn soup. I was handy in their kitchens peeling potatoes while they talked about cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Soups are my most favorite dish to make. I love how the house smells while the pot simmers.
I love to make Mexican food but lack the patience required by some dishes. I am happiest when I find a "quick" dish that has the same YUM factor as say making homemade mole sauce.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love to make our traditional foods for holidays but have enjoyed branching out into new options. I brined my turkey this Thanksgiving and cooked it upside down see "Perfect Turkey" this site... it was marvelous. I also strayed from traditional bread dressing and cooked up the Minnesota Wild Rice Dressing that was a meal unto itself and delicious. This Christmas eve you will find me peeling potatoes and chopping onions and celery for our traditional meal of Potato Soup my favorite of all traditions.
My cooking triumphs
This last Thanksgiving had a super WOW factor. The turkey was so moist that I will never stray from brining and cooking upside down.
I recently made a big pot of Zuppa Toscana (this site) soup that my husband RAVED about. This is quite memorable since he talked about it for 2 days.
My cooking tragedies
I am not a baker by any means. My mom bakes the best Banana Nut Bread each holiday season. My efforts of carrying on this tradition have failed miserably. My attempts at making pie crusts ended in 1987 when I could not get the dough to stay on the floured surface. Several batches ended in the trash.