Retired from teaching, 2011. Completely happy and enjoying life each day.
My favorite things to cook
Texas-style barbecue -- brisket, of course -- the slower and smokier, the better.
New York Italian comfort food: pasta, sauce, meatballs.
Lemon bundt cake.
Sliders -- just because they're fun. I make cole slaw to go with them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chicken soup with matzoballs; haroset at Passover; sour cream cake; poppyseed cake; sweet and sour meatballs; blintzes; glazed carrots (I've never been able to successfully duplicate my mother's recipe, however).
My cooking triumphs
Brisket 2004. Cooked and served outdoors on July 4th (my husband's birthday). I injected it with marinade. Best ever.
Apple fritters - I usually avoid deep frying like the plague, but I made these for a Super Bowl party in 2010, and they were great.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count. The watery soup, Passover, 2010; the rock-hard potatoes, another Passover (this is when I cook the most and have the largest number of guests); the overdone asparagus, and any number of occasions when I've had to say, "I know what it looks like, but it tastes good!"