I am a SAHM of four kids. I love cooking, trying new recipes, reading cookbooks and watching cooking shows. I know what flavors I like and love playing with them to create delicious foods. We are a busy household with sports every season, and lots of school and extra curricular activites. This means I am often looking for meals that I can make quickly (or in advance...love my crockpot)that are still nutritious, satifying and tasty.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook flavorful ethnic foods. I also enjoy making desserts. I love fresh fruit pies, tarts and jams in season and pies, cakes and cookies in the colder months. I enjoy grilling (veggies,steaks, salmon)on our new gas BBQ. Sorry charcoal fans...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our Thanksgiving turkey dinner is a favorite tradition. All the baking, cooking and preparations in anticipation of the day as well as the delicious final product are treasured memories. There are always a few moments of excitement and at times hilarity when I move the turkey (with the help of my hubby) from the roasting pan to the platter. A few times we have had "situations" that required a bit of turkey plastic surgery( and carefully arranged garnish), but looking back I almost like those best.
Each year, on my children's birthdays I cook a meal of their choice for dinner served on a birthday plate I painted for them. We spend days in advance planning and shopping for the special meal which is a big part of the fun.
My cooking triumphs
I baked a delicious and beautiful cake for my best friend's baby shower. Not only did she love it, other friends have asked for it for their showers.
My cooking tragedies
I have quite a few cooking tragedies. One year I forgot to put sugar in the pumpkin pie I baked for thanksgiving. I have yet to live that one down. My family lovingly refers to it as diet pie. When I was a newlywed on a tight budget, I made a chicken casserole for dinner using cream of broccoli soup as a main ingredient. It looked, smelled and tasted terrible! It is the only meal my husband has refused to eat in our entire marriage.