When I was 14 my mom got sick at Thanksgiving, she was laid up on the couch, unable to stand. Prior to that year, I had assisted with the sweet potatoes, or the mashed potatoes, or corn, even the rolls. I'd make 2 or 3 of the sides, she'd make the turkey, ham, cabbage salad, etc. So the turkey was already thawed and my mom said, "hand me the phone, I'll order pizza!" I said, "I'll make dinner" and from that day on, I have made the dinner for every Holiday Meal, turkey, ham, potatoes, yams, green bean cassorole, rolls, home made gravy, pies, butternut squash, etc. Each year, there was improvement. Now I'm learning how to adapt new recipes, because my son is deathly allergic to milk :( So momma makes home made goodies, and freezes them. Pulling out a few at a time, for his meals. Homemade nondairy pizza, muffins, mac & cheese, and cookies.
My favorite things to cook
I love pasta dishes, whether the sauce is tomato or cheese based... I'm happy. My favorite dish is Turkey Tetrizzini, followed by Chicken A'la King, and Chicken Marsala.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandparents on my mothers side were full Lebanese. As a child, they made Baklava and Moussaka... which I continue to make & love!
My cooking triumphs
Mastered Mac & Cheese this week, a new version.. My husband has said for years, my mac & cheese is always good, but not consistent. The taste is always great, but it varies with each batch. Thats because I use various cheeses, and what ever happens to be in the fridge at that time. Half a brick of this, half a brick of that, etc. Last summer we went to a Jamaican Restaurant and had the most delicious mac & cheese! It had the creamiest sauce, with a kick! Well after trial & error, I have figured it out! I'll post my recipe :) Its well worth it, just to try it!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make "French Toast Muffins" last week. I had some batter left over from my Apple Cinnamon Muffins, decided, I'd add a little more vanilla, little more cinnamon, a packet of maple & brown sugar oatmeal, and then I put maple syrup in a puddle in the middle of each cup. With a struesel topping on the top... well, the syrup all rose to the top, crusted and stuck to the pan, carmelized with the brown sugar topping, creating a consistency that the County could use to repave potholes. It was a nightmare to get off of the pan. The tops of all the muffins were encrusted to the pan, and the muffins didnt have hardly any maple flavor at all. They tasted like coffee cake, bland, boring, with a whole lot of MESS! Oh well. Next time, I'd use maple extract, freeze maple syrup on parchment paper, and insert the disks into the muffins, and as they baked, they'd melt in place. I've thought it out! lol