I've always liked to bake but had a pretty limited number of dishes that I cooked. I found this site while endeavoring to change that. The recipe exchange and ingredient search have been so helpful to my lack of imagination. I'm gradually replacing many pantry items with fresher and/or more natural ingredients.
My favorite things to cook
Soups and sauces are my current favorites. I never would have dreamed I would be making these two things from scratch.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ham gravy. I'm always surprised that so many people have never heard of it. My family doesn't consider a ham dinner complete without the gravy.
My cooking triumphs
Making cookies on the gas grill probably tops the list. I'm always happy just to have something turn out as intended.
My cooking tragedies
I used wax paper to line my baking sheet when I ran out of parchment paper. Some things are so glaringly obviously in hindsight. I stood in the front yard holding a smoking pan of half-baked biscotti wondering how I didn't see this coming. What a maroon...