I've been helping in the kitchen and cooking since I was a kid. My Mom is German and my Dad is from outside Philly, so good food is a Thing with my family. Once upon a time B.C.(Before Child), I used to looove the painstaking detail of gournmet cooking but now I simply don't have time. I try to find or create recipes that have good flavor and simple methods. My husband is New England Irish Catholic, and it's taken a little bit to wake up his palate, but now he's a budding foodie. And he's a good bartender to boot!
My favorite things to cook
An omelet that doesn't break. Bread or soup in any way, shape or form. Especially hard-crusted, moist dark bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas baking, especially the stollen! I've carried my Mom's tradition and tweaked by adding native dried cranberries
My cooking triumphs
Minestrone Soup. And a Hazelnut Prailine cake that took 2 days to make. For about 5 years I made it every Christmas. Bourbon-Orange glazed Goose with dried fruit and nut stuffing.
My cooking tragedies
The time my Mom was hardcore into natural food (in the 70s!) and I tried to impress my 5th grade class by making corn chips from her natural food cookbook. They came out like dogbiscuts. And then there was High School Awards Potluck when I tried bake a chocolate cake in the microwave. It was a little mushy in the middle.