I am a Kindergarten teacher and do a great deal of cooking in school with my students. I most enjoy cooking for my family and friends though. I am also a SERIOUS connoisseur of wine. I am ever in search of new wine pairings. My absolute favorite-go with anything-take it to a party wine is MOSCATO D'ASTI. Find it, buy it, chill, drink...and prepare to fall in love. It is light, grapey, mildly sweet and with a gentle bubble. My husband and I have joked we want to get married all over again just so we can serve this to all our guests!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking. I recently discovered the joy of the COOKIE PRESS. I can't remember when I had so much fun. I make these perfectly light, fluffy lemon spritz cookies. The lemon zest is so refreshing! Plus every cookie comes out P.E.R.F.E.C.T. with the press. There's no going back now!
My favorite family cooking traditions
There is a picture of me, at 3 years old, standing on a stool, elbow deep in flour, crisco and buttermilk, making homemade biscuits at my grandma's for dinner. I can't remember a time when I wasn't cooking. My mom said as a toddler she'd put me up on the counter, throw all the ingredients in the bowl, then let me stir, stir, stir. She said I was just as happy as could be.
My cooking triumphs
Practically all my baked goods come out flawless, including fussy crack-prone cheesecakes. However, I am most proud of my "sense" of flavors and seasoning. (My husband and his father also have this "seasoning gift.") My soups and meats have the most beautiful, balanced, savory essences. I am most proud of that.
My cooking tragedies
I once [attempted] to make a pound cake. After baking in the oven I took it out to see it had not set up properly. I went back through and checked the ingredients I'd used to realize a container in the fridge (I was at another person's house) I would have bet my life was flour turned out to be confectioner's sugar! Hugest, most "caramelized" flop EVER! :o)~