I first learned to bake when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I remember my mom woke me up early one morning and we made biscuits from scratch for breakfast. From there, I learned to love baking, but never took much of an interest in cooking until I left for college. I apparently picked up a lot of cooking knowledge from my mom over the years, though I didn't really realize it. Now married, it's been a challenge learning how to cook for two after learning what I know on a family of six. We always have leftovers.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. (I ran a bakery for two years between high school and college) Breads, desserts, cream puffs, it doesn't matter what. I take any excuse to bake since my husband and I don't need all the stuff I'd like to make. My outlets are church functions, work and company.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Valentine's day brunch. My mom has been making this for Valentine's day for as long as I can remember, and I've continued it myself a couple of times in my 3+ years of marriage. The menu is: Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Hearts, Pan-fried Pineapple Spears, bacon, and a parfait made with Frosted Flakes, cherry pie filling and vanilla ice cream. Is that a sugar high or what? There is of course, always plenty of coffee to wash it down.
My cooking tragedies
Being WAY too adventurous making substitutions in recipes!