I started serious cooking when Dad came to live with me after Mom died. He was skinny and I tried to put weight on him by cooking delicious meals under the watchful eye of a fellow cook (she was an expert). Dad had been a butcher in his younger days so together we experimented with different meats and seasonings and my friend Nancy introduced me to the kitchen, cooking and how not to be afraid of making a mistake. It was a fun time. After he passed I continued to enjoy cooking espcially now that I am retired.
My favorite things to cook
I love to experiment with seasonings and sauces. I love Southwest flavors and tend to add peppers to all my recipes. I moved to Colorado about 10 years ago and have learned a bit about high altitude cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family are all meat lovers. When they come to visit, they expect a pot roast dinner like we grew up on every Sunday.
My cooking triumphs
I have mastered the art of cooking juicy, tender meat lately thanks to the other cooks participating in All Recipes.
My cooking tragedies
Shoot. I have had my share. I've never poisoned anybody, but that is about it. When I invite folks to my house, I tell them at least one dish will be my first. They know they are coming to dinner at their own risk. One time, I forgot to turn on the oven and an hour after the guests arrived, I discovered the roast was still sitting in the oven uncooked! Another time, when I was young and trying to impress my husband's new bosses, I tried to do Cherries Flambeau. I found out then that a sterno candle does not make food hot enough to 'flambeau.' Fortunately, I had served a lot of liquer to the men and they were too drunk to notice. One guy referred to my beef stroganoff as 'liver.' I never forgot that.