As a child I grew up in the country.
When I was 9 years old I joined 4H.
I enjoyed planning menus and cooking dinner for my family.
Every summer I would enter baked goods in the county fairs. I also learned how to sew in 4H. I still enjoy sewing and love to read cook books!
If I ever am asked to bring a dish, I usually offer a dessert, as that is my favorite thing to make!
My favorite things to cook
I just love to cook, but I would say desserts! Probably because they are my favorite thing to eat!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom and I made dozens of cookies when both of my boys graduated from grade and high school. We spent a whole day making them and put them in the freezer for the parties that we had after their graduations.
Now with them being married I have 2 wonderful daughter's in law! Every year, in early December we spend a Saturday baking cookies. Mom and the girls and I all work together. Each person brings 2 recipes that we make and then we divide all the cookies when we are finished. It is a great way to get your baking done ahead and for those last minute guests or a potluck at work just pull out a bag from the freezer and make a nice plate to share. Lots of fun too, spending time with your family!
My cooking triumphs
When I was in 4H I was awarded a sterling silver tray that was donated by the local jewelery store for having the highest total point rating in the culinary department at the county fair. I still have it today! I think it may need a little polishing!
My cooking tragedies
Shortly after I got married my mother in law gave me a brunch recipe that had sliced hard boiled eggs in a cheese sauce. I made it ahead and took it to my parents house to share. When I got there it needed to be heated up so I put it in the micowave for a couple of minutes and took it out and sat it on the table. We were all gathering around the table and all of a sudden the lid blew off of the dish and the cheese sauce splattered all over us and the kitchen ceiling!
One of the yolks of the hard boiled eggs had formed a seal on the bottom of the dish and caused it to blow up!
What a mess......needless to say, it's name became
Exploding Egg Cassarole!