Senior in life & Retired
My husband & I built our retirement home, and I designed the floor plan. Our kitchen has two sinks, at opposite ends of the kitchen. While I work I don't like people in my "space". I love pie making and use my grand mothers rolling board. Sink # 2 is near the kitchen table, and is a bar & desert serving area. Our dining room is directly off the kitchen which makes for nice flow plan, when serving a large group.
I have a small garden patch, in my landsape off our veranda. Our back deck is filled with herb containers. Early spring I grown a pot of mixed lettuce.
My favorite things to cook
Home style & traditional with a twist of "free hand".
Deserts are a speciality, nearly everyday our kitchen has a desert on the counter. My kids, grand kids and great grandies walk in and look for the love!
#2-We have acreage & have venison, and butcher our own deer meat every year. I consider the way we process it, and my skills( taught to me by my Gandmother & Mother)are very high is taste & tenderness.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pumpkin#1. I bake a pumpkin in the oven (split and scooped) face down in shallow pan w/small amount of water, til tender. Press the pulp thru a food mill, freeze in zip locks, and use for holidays.
Pumpkin Whoopie pies filled with Philly Cream Cheese is our family favorite.
My cooking triumphs
Born & raised in a farm produce family of 8! 5 brother & 2 sisters, I'm #7( first girl after 5 boys).
I worked side by side with my mother cooking and canning all my life. Today I have a dinner with my siblings & their spouses. "Pre Holiday", I call it our Harvest Meal", it's after the growing season and we are not rushed by the pressure of other traditions..it's our time to share & hold a moment for grace & tribute to the ones we lost.
My cooking tragedies
Simple, Healthy & Presentation. Prepare foods that can be reheated without losing the quality, as a time saver for meals serving 6 or more.