Married, no kids, although I love my friends' children. A budgie and a parrot are my "kids". I love to cook after work, as a way of destressing. When I am not cooking, I read cookbooks, organize my house(definitely a work in progress!) and do lots of sewing crafts. My husband and I love to travel, too.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite recipe is the one I haven't tried yet! The joke in my house is, if you like this meal, enjoy it because you might never see it again. I am always reading recipes and trying new things. A few standby go-to's for dinner: Stir fry, steak salad, Strata-various (layered bread, veggies and meat with cheese)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas, we have a family baking day, with my sisters-in-law, their mom, my mom, and my sister. Fudge, squares, shortbread, candy, usually 20+ dozen by the time we are done. Then we invite the husbands to join us for dinner, before we divide up the treats and take them home.
My cooking triumphs
Once in awhile I will try something complicated. It usually turns out well, but once I know how much effort it takes, I only make it once! Some standouts: General Tao Chicken, Lemon Chicken Balls, Pad Thai.
My cooking tragedies
As a kid, I loved baking, but didn't give it my full attention. My mind would wander, and we would end up with flourless cookies, giant muffins that had double baking soda added, and chocolate banana bread (mistook baking powder for cocoa) I think I even poured orange juice instead of milk into the scrambled eggs once! Now I use cooking as a way of shaking off a stressful day, because I do give it my whole focus.