Learned to cook at an early age, then it was part of being a "girl"! Like coming up with my own recipes that include spices and flavors that our family likes.
My favorite things to cook
Appetizers such as meat balls, home made sausage and quick and easy to make dips. But experimenting with dishes I've liked when dining out and making a similar meal at home is very satisfying.
My favorite family cooking traditions
thanksgiving dinner is usually the most involved meal. The whole family helps by making their own speciality. Traditions from our son in laws childhood as well as new recipes are introduced yearly.
My cooking triumphs
Making my youngest granddaughter, Ava's, baby shower cake. I bought various Wilton supplies and books and made a two tier,fancy cake complete with pastel frosting trim and a cream cheese frosting. As a topper, I dug out a pair of original Cabbage Patch Kids white plastic shoes! One of my other granddaughters layed "dibs" to the shoes to use on her current doll.
My cooking tragedies
A baked alaska I once tried to make, never tried it again!