I am married, have one adult daughter and a wonderful son-in-law. I am retired from my profession as a payroll manager for a public school district. I have always enjoyed cooking and baking. I love to entertain and experiment with new recipes, both casual and gourmet. I like to experience various ethnic cuisines from all over the world. Learning new cooking techniques is a welcome challenge and an adventure I look forward to. Generally, I enjoy cooking as a hobby as well as a necessity.
My favorite things to cook
I am hesitant to try offal, but other than that, I enjoy cooking all types of snacks, meals and desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every holiday season I like preparing many Scandinavian dishes that are a part of my Norwegian heritage. From the appetizers to the delicate cookies, my family enjoys traditional dishes as a part of our holiday celebration.
My cooking triumphs
I like to prepare dinner parties for family members and guests with speicifc themes for the event. Planning a menu based on a particular theme is very enjoyable for me and thankfully has almost always resulted in a positive ending.
My cooking tragedies
My worst experience was baking a cherry pie as a young beginner cook. Having been involved in 4-H, I thought I could easily handle making a cherry pie for my family. I carefully followed the recipe until I got to adding the cornstarch to thicken the filling. Finding none in the cupboard, I confidently substituted baking soda as it looked similar to me. Needless to say, the pie appeared perfectly fine until we cut into it. I'll never forget the look on my Dad's face as he put a forkful of pie into his mouth only to spit it out as quickly as he could. Although my feelings were initially hurt, I quickly learned from my mother (who was still wiping tears off her cheeks from laughing at my poor father's reaction to my pie) that flour is a much better substitute .