I am a home cook who enjoys preparing food for my family. I generally make dinner every night and bake once or twice a week depending on if we are having dinner guests or not. I prefer fresh produce and cooking from scratch when possible.
My favorite things to cook
Baking is probably my favorite, probably because it's less stressful than trying to plan a meal to be on the table at a certain time. I do enjoy cooking meals, too. With little ones in the house, I don't tend to make anything overly complicated. I like quick and easy or make ahead!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Last year, we decided to make lasagna, salad, and garlic bread for Christmas dinner. What a huge help! Most everything could be made ahead, nothing was too fussy timewise, and my sister-in-law made a delicious antipasto plate to go with it. It made the day much more enjoyable to have a fuss-free, easy clean-up meal!
My cooking triumphs
I am proud to say that after years of being afraid to deviate from a recipe, I am now more confident to take risks and am often pleased with the results.
My cooking tragedies
I cooked my first two roast chickens upside down. I blamed the first one on pregnancy absent-mindedness, but the second time, that excuse didn't hold up. No wonder my mom prefers to make the Thanksgiving turkey!