I love to create from-scratch meals for my family, especially from our own homegrown vegetables, egg, milk and meats. We choose not to own a microwave and buy no packaged (boxed or frozen) meals or kits. Our bread is baked from grain I mill fresh and I've learned to make soft cheeses, yogurt and kefir from fresh milk. I'm compiling a cookbook of my favorite recipes and recipes from family and friends.
My favorite things to cook
Breads of all kinds, soups, heritage recipes, vegetable dishes, a perfectly roasted chicken, pies-sweet or savory- with homemade pastry.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pizelle cookies and caramel corn at Christmas; homemade cake and yeast doughnuts for breakfast at Christmas and Thanksgiving; a fancy decorated Lamb cake every Easter; homemade pizza on a Friday night; canning grandma's sandwich spread; canning my mother's tomato soup; making jars and jars of amazing Kosher-style dills every late summer when the cucumbers and dill come in; Concord grape pie; and many other fun family times.
My cooking triumphs
Chocolate raspberry torte; 7-layer Irish Whiskey chocolate cake; baking all our own bread; making a healthy lunch for 125+ children every day for our church VBS; friends and family that show up at my house hoping to be fed, even on short notice; my 3 year old nephew announcing that I'm a great cooker. :)
My cooking tragedies
Salt enchiladas. No, seriously, they were supposed to be chicken but they were so salty we wouldn't even let the dogs eat them. Taking months to learn to consistently make a decent pie crust.