Avid baker and cook. I like to entertain and do so a lot. I also like to experiment with new ingredients and new foods. I am self-employed so I have a fair amount of freedom to do the things I enjoy which is cooking, gardening, exercising, reading, hiking, anything outdoors. I have 2 dogs - 1 pug and a Shitzu/Mini Poodle cross and they keep me active and busy.
My favorite things to cook
Anything and everything. I prefer to make things from scratch for the most part. Most of the time I try to focus on healthy eating and living. The focus is fresh, local, primarily plant based foods, a little fish and poultry and lots of good olive oil. This is exactly how we want to eat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family holidays meal are big in our house. Kids have grown up but still expect holidays meals at home. They tend to want the traditional comfort foods associated with each holiday. Another tradition, though not cooking is sharing - we make sure to invite anyone we know who has nowhere to go for dinner. It adds to our enjoyment of the holidays and hopefully spreads a little cheer to the people joining us.
My cooking triumphs
Catering an appetizer party for a friend's parent's anniversary. I actually pulled it off and they loved the food.
My cooking tragedies
There have been many as I love to experiment - too numerous to mention.