I am an engineer, working full-time, who loves to cook new and interesting things. My husband and I were blessed with two wonderful children that are 4 years apart in age, but their birthday is only two days apart! I always joke that if nothing else, at least we are consistent :-) Cooking is a creative outlet for me, and the wonderful recipes on this website have provided ample opportunity for me to be a mad chef in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE cooking interesting things that help the family enjoy the pending holidays, especially cute things for Halloween. I prefer to modify recipes based on feedback from people who take the time to provide a review, as it generally improves the overall outcome. I try to modify most recipes to reduce the fat and sugar content wherever possible, and it is a bonus when I find a recipe that allows me to successfully sneak veggies into my kids' diet!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents grew up in New England, so we always had a very formal Thanksgiving dinner...two types of dressing (one with oysters) and always rutabagas. My husband and kids hate the flavor of rutabagas, but I make them anyhow because I love them...it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the aroma of rutabagas blending with the scent of roast turkey...YUM!!!
My cooking triumphs
I was so proud of the first ice cream cake I made for my son's birthday...a beautiful cake I cooked in a cupcake mold, filled with coffee almond ice cream & drizzled with chocolate ganache...it was spectacular looking & tasted even better!
My cooking tragedies
I do not have enough space here to summarize all the tragically failed attempts I've had when trying to make beef stew. I've made much more complicated things many times & had wonderful results; however, I have literally had to throw out multiple pots and spoons with some of the beef stew disasters I have created ( on the plus side, the stench & smoke helped to peel wallpaper I was having difficulty removing...hahaha!!!). I am cursed when it comes to that dish, but the suggestion of me making it for dinner is a guaranteed way to get my husband to offer to take the family out to eat....LOL!!!