My mother is an excellent cook who got me going in the kitchen at age 7, giving me a true appreciation for all things food. She gave me a discriminating taste for high-quality ingredients; I never cut quality for a few cents (and even dollars) difference in price, especially when I am entertaining or giving to others. I am working on a cookbook that will hopefully be ready to publish in 2012.
My favorite things to cook
Holiday candy, barbeque foods, mac and cheese, seafood
My favorite family cooking traditions
Homemade candies; Homemade ice cream; creamed peas and new potatoes; barbeque; roast beef with carrots, onions, and celery in gravy; lemon meringue pie; cherry pie; home-canned pickles or beets.
My cooking triumphs
Each holiday season, I try to create a new candy or put a twist on an existing candy I make. For Christmas 2007, I created a Key Lime Pie-filled candy that was spectacular. For 2008, I created a four-pepper peanut brittle that won rave reviews: hot, sweet, salty, delicious. Sorry, I don't share my candy recipes!
My cooking tragedies
Once I was cooking a large meal for guests and wound up forgetting to set a timer for my rolls. They burned on the bottom. Furious, I marched outside to throw them off the back deck into the yard for the birds. As I turned to come back inside, I was stung in the forehead by two bumblebees (I am allergic to bee stings) and my forehead swelled up while I grudgingly ate dinner with no rolls.