I started baking at my mother's side at age five. She would save the pie crust trimmings for me and I would make little pies and tarts. By the time I was ten I was quite accomplished in the kitchen, and during my middle school years would prepare dinner a few times a week. I majored in Home Economics in high school and LOVED both the cooking and sewing classes. I married soon after high school and was your typical stay at home cookie baking Mom.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts are definitely my thing, cookies, brownies, cakes, cream pies, pastries, quick breads, trifles, I'm always trying new recipes. I'm not too interested in main dishes, I'd rather make the appetizer or the side dish. I love making cream soups, my favorites are roasted red pepper soup with a creme fresh garnish, and german potato soup. (So many recipes ~ so little time!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Grandmother of three teenaged grandchildren. Have enjoyed baking and decorating cookies with them since they were little. They regularly choose something from one of my cookbooks and we shop, prep, bake, taste and rate the results together. Two are currently in "international food" classes. Thanks to them I am a full blown chocoholic! :)
My cooking triumphs
Family holiday dinners. I have perfected my schedule over many years and can have everything on the table hot and ready to eat all at the same time and not look like I just ran a three day marathon! (Okay - a couple of times I burned the biscuits - I forgot to set the timer.)
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at stuffed peppers - I didn't know the rice should be pre-cooked. They were totally inedible. I chopped them all up and simmered them in a covered skillet with a little extra sauce for half an hour and they actually turned out pretty tasty.