I am a wife & mother who just loves to make good food for her family. I was raised by a mom who homecooked every single meal; I strive to do the same. I work part-time & struggle to come up with new & exciting meals every night, so I am excited to join & hear what others are cooking!
My favorite things to cook
I'm from Minnesota, so of course we love our hotdish! I make a great meatloaf too. I enjoy cooking anything that is "hearty" and "homesyle"; nothing too complicated for everyday dinners. My husband loves to try my new creations, so I am lucky. I enjoy experimenting with different types of foods, such as curry dishes & German foods. I also try to cook healthy; always including fresh vegetables & whole grains where possible. I am developing a passion for organics as well in order to support local farmers and to avoid exposing my family to unecessary carcinogens. I do what I can with what I have.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My famiy always served a German rice pudding with homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve. I never cared for it so probably won't continue it with my family. I think the most important cooking traditions I want to continue with my children is to always let them be a part of the cooking process. It may make more of a mess & take more time to clean up, but the memories it creates are lifelong. I always want my children to be welcome in my kitchen, and I always want to make sure & have one sit-down at the table meal with my family every day when possible.
My cooking triumphs
I always enjoy having my parents & grandparents over for meals and getting compliments. When I make something different and my dad likes it (he's a meat-and-potatoes guy), I feel pretty happy.
My cooking tragedies
My husband would say my "apple soft" experience. When I was younger & poorer, I didn't realize that there is a huge difference between butter & margarine. As a newlywed, I was trying to make my husband's favorite dessert (apple crisp), and I used margarine instead of butter. Let's just say it wasn't crispy!!