I'm a stay-at-home mom with 4 children 7 and under and another bundle of joy on the way! My husband Mike and I have been married for 9 years and we both LOVE spicy food. Our children have inherited our love of spices and - thankfully - are willing to eat almost anything I cook. Our kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. I have a work-from-home jewelry business and love that I am able to be home with my kids and teach them the joys of being in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta, all kinds of chicken, quick breads & muffins, fun foods for the kids, Mexican - especially enchiladas, anything that makes my family happy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every July for my husband's birthday, we celebrate with a "Hot-luck." We invite all our chile-head friends and compete for the best spicy dishes. It's so much fun to watch grown men cry over burning taste buds!
We also have a huge feast for Thanksgiving. My family and my husband's family all get together and try out as many new recipes as we can, and love to enjoy the traditional recipes of the day, as well.
My cooking triumphs
Actually, many of the recipes my family loves the most are recipes that I got from this website. I've become famous for the Banana Wheat Bread that I make into mini-muffins. Our pastor asks for them every Christmas and they always sell for big bucks at the bake sales.
My cooking tragedies
Cheesecake is my husband's favorite dessert. The first time I tried to make one from scratch, I didn't read the directions very carefully...the cream cheese was not room temperature, and I added all the eggs at the same time. The result: cheesecake with the texture of cottage cheese! Awful, awful stuff!