I am a stay at home mom to a 3, soon to be 4, year old. They say that "food is a way to a man's heart" and that is certainly true with my husband! He love's food and is always in the mood for anything homemade. I love trying new recipes and looking for way's to "change up" or make my current recipes better. I come from a very large family (my dad has 6 sister's and 3 brother's)and they all love to cook. My mother is a wonderful cook as well and many of my recipes have been passed down/around from my late grandmother and aunts.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are mainly comfort foods. I love cooking soups, chili, etc in the fall when it begins to get cooler outside. Something about comfort food and cold weather really relax me and in a way I feel at home and safe. I also enjoy baking during the holiday's and I always look up new recipe's to prepare for holiday meals. We go to my in-laws house and my parents house for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and I love preparing dishes to take along.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I can remember standing in a kitchen chair when I was little and watching my mother and my grandmother (my dad's mom) cook and can together. They always had a very close relationship and I would watch them for hours while they cooked Thanksgiving dinner together or while they canned goods for the following year. One of my fondest mermories is of me and my grandma canning blackberries together each Spring/Summer. She did most of the canning of course, because I was so young, but she would always open up a jar from the previous year and let me eat them straight out of the jar with a spoon. She passed away when I was in 10th grade and I have not had canned blackerries, blackberry cobbler, or anything containing blackerries (besides a few raw here and there) since she died. It has been 12 years since she passed, and even though this is such a happy memory, its bitter sweet as well.
My cooking triumphs
Over the years i've taken family recipe's for many things and tweaked them over time and made them my own. I am by no means afive star chef and I am aware that many people do this and this, however I feel that everyone has their own unique way of cooking food. I have a few dishes that many people rave about including: homemade chicken pot pie, my meatloaf, broccoli and cheese soup, and many more. I realize that many of the dishes that i've listed can be made easily and turn out at least decent, but these are the types of foods that I enjoy cooking. I've perfected my own versions over the years and they are always a hit.
My cooking tragedies
I must admit that I have had a few "cooking fails", as I call them, in the past...who has't, right? I will be upfront and honest that I totally suck at making hot dog chili. Yes, I know, something as simple as hot dog chili should and probably is a no brainer, but I just can't quite get it right whenever I make it. My mom always makes homemade hot dog chili and it is seriously awesome. I have her recipe and I follow it down to a science, but no matter what, it never turns out quite right. I even buy the same brand ingredients that she uses, but to no avail, its never that great. Its edible, it passes the kid test with my my 3 year old, and my husband likes it, or he say's he does anyway, but its just not what i'm going for each time I make it and this bothers me because I love hot dogs!!!