I'm a latecomer to cooking, having spent my career as a psych. nurse and single mother just getting SOMETHING on the table. Now I have time, better late than never, to enjoy cooking -- and I am!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook my mother's old Southern recipes, especially at holiday time. I also like to bake and am an aspiring bread-maker :)
Also am getting a digital rice cooker,and am interested in ways to use it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Watching my father cook meals and clean as he went, so that the kitchen was clean when we sat down to eat! Having my daughter, who's a chef, teach me about sauces. Making turkey stuffing with my daughter and sister, and deciding among us when there's enough sage.
My cooking triumphs
A perfect pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving with 14 guests (whew!). And a perfect lemon cheese-cake with a lemon curd topping for a friend's birthday.
My cooking tragedies
Dropping a pyrex dish full of baked, crab-stuffed mushrooms ALL OVER the kitchen -- and breaking the dish in the bargain! :(
And MANY! pastry failures.