I have been cooking since I was young. Growing up on Southern food, I was introduced in the kitchen as soon as I could reach the stove. I cooked my first meal of sausage, biscuits, and eggs at 8 1/2 years old, when my mother was busy getting all the younger kids bundled up to go play in the rare snow we had that morning. I then started learning measuring, etc by baking boxed cakes by myself. Now I can cook just about anything I've ever tried, with or without a recipe...except baking bread. Not my specialty!
My favorite things to cook
Of course, Southern food is my favorite type of food to make for meals. But my pleasure is in baking. I love baking desserts, cookies, and pies. I know everyone likes my savory dishes most of the time, but I really never get any complaints on my desserts and I'm always the one asked to bring the desserts to any potluck with my family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love spending time in the kitchen during the holidays. With a large family, we usually all take on a few different dishes and all fight over space to prepare them in the kitchen. We end up with a whole table full of food, everyone having done their part. I love it!
My cooking triumphs
My strawberry shortcake is killer. Everyone loves it! It's my own version, of course. Instead of angel food or shortcake, I use my old family recipe for pound cake. It's baked into 2 layers, then split into 4. I layer in a large glass serving bowl with sugared strawberries left to sit overnight, and the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting I found on this site. It sits in the fridge to "marinate" overnight or most of a day and it is to DIE FOR!
My cooking tragedies
Probably any bread that calls for yeast. I don't know why it is, I just can never make it work. It always goes so well until the last rise. By the time it's baked, I have a hard (too hard) crust on the outside, and a heavy inside. The flavor is always right, but you can hardly slice it! Ugh, one day I'll get it!