I have been blessed beyond belief with wonderful parents, a fabulous husband, and one awesome son! A closer-than-close sister and brother, adorably funny nieces and nephews, and a very special aunt completes my present family circle. Add in the many thoughtful and caring friends we've gathered over the years and you have the perfect combination for good eating, great parties, fantastic story-telling and crazy get-togethers! I wouldn't have it any other way!! And, it ALL begins and ends in the kitchen!!
My favorite things to cook
Tradition southern meals ... one pot wonders, casseroles, soups and stews, anything with gravy! :O)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every holiday is spent with family and friends enjoying each others company and, of course, the biggest question on everyone's mind is, "What's cookin'?"
My cooking triumphs
With a few prayers and a lot of sweat, I've managed to cook and serve delicious dinners for 20-30 every holiday for years now. None of which I could do without the use of handed down family recipes and my fab mom "overseeing" the operation!
My cooking tragedies
Maybe not tragedies, but I have managed to do all the kitchen no-no's over the years ... yes, I have baked a turkey with the giblet packet left inside (hey, I was 20!!), and yes, I did bake a ham with one layer of plastic wrap left in place (hey, it looked like shiny rind!!). I have also made more than one recipe that I forgot to add an ingredient to (meatloaf is really just a hamburger in loaf form when you forget to add onion), or double an ingredient when I shouldn't have (cookies really get big when you use too much butter!!) ... and I still struggle with potato salad (wow, how fast those potatoes go from firm to mush!) and I can't get the sage ratio right in a pan of dressing to save me, but mistakes is what makes us human ... and what takes me back to the kitchen time and time again. :o)