Growing up, my folks owned a restaurant. I loved to cook with my Dad. These are some of my fondest memories of spending time with him. He always made us each order a different dish when we went out to eat. We would then have a sample of whatever every one else was eating. It was OK if you didn't like it but you had to at least try it. Ahhh, those were the days.
Now I am a nurse. I live on a farm and in my spare time I love to cook, quilt and raise bees. I love having fresh honey, farm raised beef and our own vegetable garden. Life is good!
My favorite things to cook
In the summer, I love to grill outdoors. During the winter, I like making soups, stews, roasts and just about anything that catches my eye. I am always trying new recipes. I'd love to have a large area to entertain friends and family, but my cozy little kitchen will seat 6 comfortably and 8 if we suck in our bellies and don't eat too much!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always loved cooking for Christmas when my grandmother was still alive and all of the Aunts, Uncles and Cousins would come over. There is something about 10 women in a kitchen catching up on all of the family news and reminiscing about the old days that is just amazing.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving turkey the first year I was married to my husband was a triumph. Mostly because I made it and then hauled it to another house several miles down the road and it was still delicious. I've also mastered pretzel bread and Canadian Cheese Soup from Le Cellier at Disney. (The last two recipes are my husband's favorite!)
My cooking tragedies
Those will go with me to my grave!