I'm a 51 year old granny raising my two granddaughters since my daughter was killed in an accident in 2006. We live on 42 beautiful acres in east Texas, our little bit of paradise. I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening and foraging. This year have made mesquite bean, prickly pear, pyracantha, and mustang grape jellies. Have frozen persimmons and mesquite. Milled mesquite flour too. Waiting for the dewberries in the spring. We have three horses, one cat and six dogs. Hopefully we'll be having mastiff puppies this spring.
My favorite things to cook
Many! Almost anything new. I love to experiment and am always creating my own dishes. The only problem there is that nothing ever seems to taste the same twice. *grin*
My favorite family cooking traditions
About the only thing I've kept from my childhood years is a cranberry salad I only make at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Other than that we are creating new traditions. I make my own version of pumpkin pie and my own version of pecan pie. I suppose those are two of our new traditions for the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest one at the moment is my 100% whole wheat bread. The whole family loves it and it has become our staple bread. I had quite a few not-so-hot loaves before figuring this one out. I couldn't think of anything else so I asked my husband. He told me "Everything!" LOL I think he's prejudiced!
My cooking tragedies
Hmm.. again, I asked my husband and he said, "If you've had one it's been so inconsequential I don't remember it." *blush* Gee! I remember one very clearly. When I was a teen Mom and I used to bake cookies together at the holiday season. She would read me the recipe and I would measure the ingredients. We were making gingersnaps. I heard 4 teaspoons of salt. I put in 4 teaspoons of salt. Errr... it was 1/4 teaspoon. We ended up running the cookie dough down the drain AFTER baking the first batch and tasting them.