Hi! I'm a 35 year old single mother. I live just outside of Houston, Texas in a great suburb named Katy. My daughter, Morgan, is 8 years old. I'm a school instructional specialist in Spring Branch ISD, and I just graduated with my Masters of Education in Administration. I love to travel, go to the opera, visit wine countries, read, and watch the Food Network or HGTV in my spare time.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE to bake. We always have homemade cookies, pies, cakes, or cobblers in my house.I make all my own jams, jellies, and preserves. My daughter is so spoiled. Once we ran out of jelly, so I bought some at the store to hold us over. She tasted it and told me it tasted rotten. Funny. I also love to make casseroles. I enjoy, when I have the time, making real gourmet dinners.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Wednesday night is Chicken Enchilada night. The whole house looks forward to it. I now even have friends who just show up on Wednesdays to eat it. I haven't posted it on AllRecipes yet, though. I think I'm afraid of critism. We also make yummy black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, and my entire family comes to eat my homemade cornbread dressing at Christmas - another recipe I haven't posted.
My cooking triumphs
I love southern cooking. My dad did all the cooking in my house, and he was a very traditional southern cook. While he was alive, I learned almost everything from him. However, he passed before I could make his YUMMY cream gravy. After a few years trying, however, I finally figured it out. My mom is so happy when I make it. It reminds all of us of him.
My cooking tragedies
OMG...One time I was trying to make this dark ale bread for a medieval feast. It was the absolute worst thing I have every baked. I have laughed about that for years. I swear, it was so horrible. I also tried chicken and dumplings - once. The dumplings were like glue. It was truly horrible. I've been afraid to try again ever since.