I started learning to cook at 17. I hated it at first, but I quickly grew to love it. I'm from Oklahoma, but I lived in PA for a few years. I love Italian and Greek food, but these things dominated the supermarket. I couldn't find Chow Chow to put in my beans or black-eyed peas, and I really missed a lot of my South-Southwest traditional foods: A good chicken fried steak was hard to come by! I was so homesick! I've since moved back to Oklahoma.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook just about everything, but I love to grill outside. It's an easy clean up, and It's just fun to get out of the kitchen!
My cooking triumphs
I learned to cook from a 'Better Homes and Gardens' cook book. My mother burned everything...every meat patty was a hockey puck...so if I was to learn, it was up to me, and I had a baby, so I had to figure it out for my family's sake! The book was illustrated, and taught techniques step-by-step, with detailed pictures. I learned how to cut up a chicken, how to select different meats, how to make a pie crust; everything except gravy. My Granny taught me how to make good gravy. I've been cooking now for 25 + years, & I love it!
My cooking tragedies
I was attempting a London Broil for the first time & I didn't know what a clove of garlic was. That's the one thing I didn't find in the 'Better Homes and Gardens' cookbook. The internet wasn't commonplace back then, and I was too embarrased to call someone and ask, so I took a wild guess. I was wrong. I used the ENTIRE garlic. We couldn't go back into that apartment for a week & had to stay at my Mother-in-Law's!!!