Have been married almost 50 years to a Palestinian Arab. Born in California, grew up in Idaho, educated in Arizona. Home town in the Napa Valley California, good food abounds, and good taste. Cooking well is a necessity and economical. There are no leftovers.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken is my favorite and most used source. Lamb is the second. I do enjoy making meatless entrees. Roasting poultry and meat is a fixture of my cooking, either oven or pot roasts. Also the closing is so important, a lovely dessert compliments the entire meal.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Turkey and the works from scratch for Thanksgiving! I begin when the pumpkins are out, and the yams. I do enough pumpkin for the entie year, and theyams are done up and frozen. They are seasnal and we don't always have them. We also enjoy wine with meals, and not just for special occasions. Though I cook Middle Eastern, my best in that line are vine leaves cooked in oil, and oil dishes. My Mexican food is popular as well, having learned from freinds in Arizona. For light dinners its usually a stir fry of some sort, I enjoy improvising sauces and combinations.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving Dinner--microwaved bird, bread stuffing in the large cavity, a special herbed rice one in the chest.garlicked green beans, candied yams, crowns of mashed potatoes, cranberry compote, Mexican corn bread, Vichy carrots, pumpkin cheesecake or pumpkin pie cake. Some friends beg to be invited for this meal.And there are rarely left overs.
My cooking tragedies
We don't talk about those. The brownies that I forgot to put sugar in! Or a recipe using cracked wheat and chicken-- supposed to be a soup- saw a freind putting it together in her kitchen in a huge vat! Tried the same on my family, they said it tasted like dog food. Asked my freind-- she laughed! She WAS making food for her dogs.