I'm a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of two kiddos - always working on improving my skills in the kitchen and learning to enjoy the process more (instead of just getting something on the table). I am also recently widowed - my husband of 18-1/2 years died of cancer in May, 2010. Cooking and baking has been a form of therapy for me.
My favorite things to cook
Italian food - I enjoy experimenting with authetic italian recipes. I also love to make desserts, homemade cinnamon rolls, and breads. I especially love to make different pancake & french toast variations, homemade waffles, brunch dishes, and crepes. I would rather entertain with a Sunday brunch than with a dinner, though I do enjoy cooking for anyone and any reason.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve buffet for the family.
My cooking triumphs
I think my biggest triumph would be my cakes. My other cooking triumph would be our Christmas Eve buffet - not one dish in particular, but the entire "spread" is an accomplishment.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to list... I've definitely had my share of disappointments and frustrations over the years, hence my love/hate relationship with cooking.