My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving has always been a huge tradition in my family. Family from all over the country comes to town and on thanksgiving day there are ovens going in three separate houses, everyone is helping everyone and just spending time together, appreciating each others company. In a hectic world where we are generally kept apart by distance, I really appreciate these times. I love my family and I love their food and company, nothing can get better than that.
My cooking triumphs
My grandmother used to make the best German Chocolate cake from scratch. So 2 years into my marriage and being out on my own, almost four years after she passed, I decided to attempt it. She never wrote down much of her recipes and some left things to be deciphered in the ones she did... much like the cake recipe but after hours of mixing, baking, cooling and icing, I added a few special touches and it was exactly how I remembered. to this day I feel like she was there guiding me.
My cooking tragedies
Shortly after I got married I decided to make my moms awesome Country Fried Steak. Everything was going great other than a few splatters from the hot oil and it came time to make the gravy. Everything was going great until I read "teaspoons" as "tablespoons" for the Worcestershire. It still tasted okay but it gave everyone heartburn almost immediately. =( to this day I use "t" or "T" so my dyslexia can't ruin another dish.