I just started cooking everything at home to save money and be healthier, we have gone 100% organic at home.
I am originally from the East Coast but now I live on the left coast. I love Cali, I think we are done moving!
My favorite things to cook
Anything in a slow cooker. I love slow cooking, its so easy!
I just recently started baking and I really like sweet breads, like pumpkin bread, zucchini bread. Super easy to make and hits the spot on that sweet tooth.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Funnily enough my mom cooked everything from scratch, everything. She ground her own flour, her parents had a farm and we would go by and get meat fresh from the slaughter house, she would do her own canning and we grew a lot of our own veggies. I remember tomatoes and trying to grow watermelon a few times, lol! That art was lost on us kids, I was convinced that I was a city girl, hence the trek to NYC, where my Dad was from. One year in that hectic environ and I was running out. Look at me now mom! I am cooking at home, learning how to can and Josh can't wait until we have our own space for a garden, irony?
My cooking triumphs
I think it's simply that now I am starting to understand food. What goes with what, how certain dishes cook. It brings a whole new viewpoint to cooking that I never had before.
My cooking tragedies
I bought dried beans because they are cheaper than canned and we are making an effort to eat less meat during the week. I found a slow cooker recipe for black bean stew, yum, right? Well, it called for a lot of canned stuff, I thought I will just throw in the veggies I have in my fridge. Great idea except I don't know what they were. I had bought a bunch of peppers @ the local market. Turns out they were SUPER hot. So hot in fact our mouths were ON FIRE. Yikes. We got through it by adding A LOT of rice. Oops :0)