I'm 70 years young (updated 12/14) & have been cooking for family & friends since I was 11. Lots of basics learned very young and Nana Monzano & my fabulous cook of a Mother-in-law taught me TONs more!
I love to cook for friends & family, however have some very real physical challenges to being able to. VERY hard passing on the cooking & hosting of large family gatherings, but my girls learned very well.
I've been severely physically challenged since a drunk driver hit me head-on 20 years ago. So, I have to plan ahead when I cook, doing prep work, & whatever, in little steps through-out the day. Peel veggies for pot-roast at 8:00 am, sit or lie down for 15-30 minutes, braise roast & deglaze pan at 10:30 am, etc. Doing small amounts of the whole, works really well. I do my housekeeping the same way.
I was widowed for the 2nd time in 2008, so cat & I live alone. Have a really great kitchen, & a little scooter chair (adjustable height) which enables me to sit when needed.
My favorite things to cook
I cook a lot of comfort foods, but I really enjoy cooking my Mexican dishes best. I've "invented" a few Mexican dishes, as well as a few "American" ones. I've been fortunate to have been exposed to several ethnicities while growing up, which is why I am so versatile in my cooking abilities. My strongest is Italian, thanks to Nana Monzano, but my favorite dishes are Mexican.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays, particularly Christmas & Thanksgiving! Partly for the foods usually served, but mostly for FAMILY!!! As I've accrued Sons & Daughter in-laws, my list of "gotta have's" on Thanksgiving grows bigger every year. I have 5 kids, 4 married, 2 "Heart-Sons, & 1 Heart-Daughter ( my in-law kids, but love them like my own), & 12 Grandcildren! I have had two Wonderful Husbands, (both with Jesus) and have had such a blessed life!! God has truly been good to me!
My cooking triumphs
Like I said earlier, I have "invented" a few recipe's, and hope to share them as soon as I find my old notebook. I'm quite proud of my " Chile Cheese Zuchinni" which always garners lots of compliments as well as recipe requests.
My cooking tragedies
Leaving lid off blender, when making basil pesto. Took forever before I was able to laugh about THAT one. Leaving bread dough on stove-top after 1st rise & rushing young child to emergency room, & subsequent emergency surgery. Arrived back home 36 hrs. Later & couldn't even find stove!!! Too many more to name, but they happen to all of us, right? LOL!