Moved to beautiful Houston from the Midwest 5 years ago and love everything about the place (yes, even the heat. Especially the heat!) I'm lucky to share my home with 2 free-loading, spoiled rescue cats, and I am especially blessed with a wonderful group of friends. We share recipes and meals, wine, & laughter (usually right after the wine) on a regular basis. Finally, I believe that when you cook with love, it goes into the pot along with the rest of the ingredients. :)
My favorite things to cook
chili, pork tenderloin, anything chicken, French onion soup, grilled steaks.
My boyfriend lives with me and is a most appreciative and willing guinea pig for any new recipes that may strike my fancy to try, although I try to keep us eating as healthy as possible. Recently began cooking steaks in the cast-iron pan rather than grilling ~ Mom always swore by hers and still does.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom wasn't one to let us into the kitchen when she was cooking, but I grew up learning to be a great prep person!
She recently gave me my grandmother's "Detroit Times" cookbook from when she was a new bride during the Great Depression. Words can't describe the feeling of reading my grandmother's notes in the margins or my grandfather's handwritten elderberry wine recipe.
My cooking triumphs
When all the food gets on the table at the same time, that's a triumph for me.
My cooking tragedies
Dropping a full bowl of raw chicken pieces + marinade in and around the refrigerator just as friends were ringing the doorbell.