My passion is cooking, however I am a human resources executive consultant, 50+ years old, with 5 sons (early to mid-20s), all of whom are athletes and, thus, voracious eaters. They tell my hubbie and I that we've 'spoiled' them, as we've cooked 3 meals per day - from scratch - from the day each was born. The only thing we ever heard as complaints from our sons was when they were younger - they said we never had 'junk food' in the house like other families. Now that they are older and more health-conscious, they have a deeper appreciation for our way of eating.
My favorite things to cook
I was raised by a mother who was from the hills of NC - deep southern cooking traditions. I still cook my mother's recipes, however I tend now to limit them to holiday traditions. For the past two years, I have enjoyed learning ethnic cuisines from around the globe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love to make homemade yeast rolls - I use my late Swedish grandmother's recipe which includes crushing cardamom seeds into a small grind and adding to the dough - what a lovely aroma and flavor.
My cooking triumphs
My husband and I host Thanksgiving Dinner each year for my family - now up to 31 people! Everything is cooked from scratch - no prepared foods are ever allowed on the list.
My cooking tragedies
I've only had one major cooking tragedy in my life. It was my first Thanksgiving dinner after being married - and I was only cooking for my new husband and me, 1500 miles away from our hometowns. I tried to roast a fresh duck. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I needed to trim the duck fat. That duck rendered so much fat that, cooking at such a high temperature, when I opened the oven door the fat burst into flames, and the duck actually exploded in pieces out the door and across my 6' wide kitchen, staining the wall! That was 29 years ago, and I've never attempted duck since.