I started cooking by helping my mother fix dinners when I was three. Studied everything she did in the kitchen, except washing dishes, and was fortunate to have her--an adventurous cook-- for my example. She nurtured and educated my interest in preparing foods, and my grandmother, a comfort food cook and canner, taught me how to grow a garden, harvest the wild foods around us, and preserve them for later in the year.
My favorite things to cook
Cooking for two often means easy, sometimes quick, using fresh or home-preserved ingredients in traditional or experimental combinations.
I rarely bake now, but am missing the good crusty sourdough loaves we used to enjoy, so may begin to make breads again. My favorite types of dinner food are one-dish, protein and vegetables mixed, perhaps served with a starch. I'm aware of how much power it takes to prepare a recipe, and figure that into its cost. I would love to do more solar cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our family is multi-racial and multi-ethnic, and what a celebration of all of us when we get together! The variety of foods, tastes, ideas, stories, music, clothing, is an example of the beauty of fusion. My sister-in-law introduced me to my favorite tradition: Christmas Tamales. Friends, family, neighbors make their tamale fillings and bring them to our house. I supply the corn husks, masa dough, my own turkey filling and music. We sit together, chat and roll tamales, hundreds of them, and cook them. We divide the different types of tamales among each of the "cooks", and everyone has several different varieties to put in the freezer for Christmas.