I worked for many years in the insurance industry while raising a family. When my youngest left for college I separated from my husband and moved to Las Vegas and received my degree in culinary science. I have since moved back to my hometown and been working in the food industry from cooking to sales, marketing and management. I love most all aspects of the food industry. I am currently looking for a new job and hoping to finally grab that exciting, awesome job that is out there waiting for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up with down home southern cooking. Lots of fried food. If you want fried chicken, chicken fried steak with lots of gravy, I'm your girl. Those are the types of things I can do blindfolded. Of course I don't cook like that so much anymore but you never forget. You will also never find a canned or frozen vegetable in my house. Growing up, my grandfather was a farmer & also raised cattle. We always had a fresh side of beef and fresh vegetables. My daughter was a very picky eater growing up, I could get her to vegetables, but only if they were fresh.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to can. At one time we moved to a small town, somewhat out in the country. I decided to grow a garden for the first time, plus we had at least 10 fruit trees. I ended up with so much food I had to learn to perserve it or let it go bad. I taught myself how to can through a lot of trial & error & cursing myself for not paying attention to my grandmother as a teenager. I eventually ended up with some pretty good product that allowed me to share with my friends & family & some really nice gifts.
My cooking tragedies
STEW- have tried so many different recipes and so many different ways to make stew, but for some reason I just can't seem to find the knack!