I'm the proud Mother of two (grown) children, and the wife of a retired Marine; we've been married happily for 27 years. We've moved a LOT, but those days are over; we've been living here in VA for nearly 11 years. Being a military wife, I had to learn how to stretch our food budget, so I love using the crockpot and making great meals with less expensive cuts of meat.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken is #1 (so versatile!), followed by less-expensive cuts of beef. I also love trying out different Mexican food recipes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm not a big fan of fried food, whatever I make is usually slow-cooked (in the winter) or grilled in the summer. I also bake a lot of casseroles.
My cooking triumphs
A beef brisket recipe that a friend shared with me. It made an awesome dinner, complete with a wonderful gravy, mashed potatoes, etc.
My cooking tragedies
I thought I would be smart and rather than buy a huge turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner (this was many, many years ago!), I got a large hen. I didn't know that hens are typically used for casseroles, boiled first, etc.--I roasted it. It was the TOUGHEST ol' bird! My husband chewed on his first bite of drum-stick for what must've been 5 minutes, and then said "Ummm....what kind of chicken IS this?" I was devestated! We laugh about it now, though--it sure did make for a "memorable" meal. (I threw that bird OUT, it was so awful!) I can happily say I've learned a lot and am now a very good cook!