I learned to cook in sixth grade, when my parents bought a dairy farm and I was left with the kitchen. I love to eat- not wisely but too well- and I sorta' kinda' like to cook if I'm in the right mood. We eat out an average of once or twice a week and I don't cook breakfast often, but otherwise you'll find me hovering over the stove come mealtime.
My favorite things to cook
I like cooking when it involves a cutting board, a sharp knife, and an array of gorgeous fresh veggies and spices.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up with rich, fattening Mennonite cooking and married a man who grew up on Amish cooking, so my waistline was doomed from the start.
My family traditions are sour kraut with sausage, baked macaroni and cheese, baked navy beans, and cream pies at Grandma's house.
My mother-in-law passed on some of their traditions to me, such as Amish chicken and dressing, Date Pudding, and Overnight Salad.
Now, though, my favorite recipes are relatively new ones from Romania, where we've lived for the last four and a half years. I've also collected recipes from neighboring Ukraine and Hungary and plan to make these our family traditions for years to come.
My cooking triumphs
Umm...pie crust like my mother-in-law's, soup like my Romanian friend's, and lasagna that my husband thinks is the best ever.
My cooking tragedies
I despise making anything that involves yeast, mainly because it doesn't turn out a good share of the time. In fact, I don't like to bake at all, but I like the effects of store-bought, processed baked goods even less.