I'm 68 years young (updated 2014) & 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 I live alone. Have a really great kitchen, & a little scooter chair (adjustable height) which enables me to sit during times 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, leaving bread on stove 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 to name! LOL!