I work in an elementary school with special needs students and love my job.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make baklava, homemade caramels and many other candies and cookies during the Christmas holidays.
My favorite family cooking traditions
At Christmas when I was younger we would get together with my Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, uncles and cousins. We would gather around the table and have turkey, mashed potatoes, my Grandma's heavenly rolls, scalloped corn w/oysters and bananas and peanuts. Now it's my Mom, Dad, siblings and their children. We have brisket sandwiches on onion buns, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole and bananas and peanuts. And for dessert...Bishops Pie.
My cooking triumphs
Bierocks! My husband talked about his Grandma's zwieback rolls all the time when we started dating. His mother found her hand-written recipe but couldn't make any sense of it. I took it and went through several cookbooks until I figured it out. On the back of her recipe was the directions for bierocks. I made the dough for zwieback and used it to make bierocks. They turned out ugly, but fantastic. Now, they are much prettier and everyone begs me to make them.
My cooking tragedies
Biscuits!!! My mom makes great wonderful biscuits and has shown me many times. When I try them on my own I get hockeypucks. I'll keep working at it!