I am a self taught cook. I grew up with very little but as a child didn't know it. Most of our meal was from dad hunting and gardening. That is where my love for cooking and gardening came from. Mom cooked but the meals were pretty bland and she never really taught us the how toos of cooking. I even taught myself to can and preserve food. I'm pushing 60 and hold down a full time job and still garden and can every year. It's a lot of work but I enjoy it and so does everyone else in the family. I have two grown children and one grandaughter and not a one of them have any intrest in growing a garden or canning. I'm hoping they grow out of that. I started at 18 when I moved out and got married they are both pushing 40 and still show no intrest. Oh for the old days when life was simple.
My favorite things to cook
comfort foods mostly. Meat, potatos , gravy, and casseroles. I use the crock pot a lot too. My husband is a trucker and I am home alone most of the week. I do cook lots of differnt things on Saturday and that gives him meals on the truck for the whole week and for myself as well. So I would say I love cooking big pot meals like soups and stews and beef and noodles and beans. I love all different types of cooking so it is hard to pick favorites.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sunday breakfast at home when I was a kid. Dad always cooked it with my help of course. we would have whatever he had shot the day before from hunting. Usually rabbit with fried potatoes, gravy, biscuts,and a big pan of scrambled eggs which we had chickens so we had fresh eggs. Now that I am older I usually always cook the Christmas dinner. I do enjoy that.
My cooking triumphs
whoopie pies, home made bread,(after several tries)I got to where I was good enough at it that I would lmake noodles, bread, pie and sell them at the farmers market and I'm not even amish...I had my regulars who would come looking for me to buy from me. That was 30 years ago. Not bad for a self taught cook.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I canned corn it was bad tasted burned. It's better frozen. The first time I cooked okra I boiled it and if any of you know what boiled okra looks like its really bad. When I cooked a turkey for thanksgiving one year I failed to take the giblet bag out and of course my mother in law who was a super cook found it. She never let me forget that one. We laughed about that for quite some time. There have been many down through the years.