Since I have three kids and a husband whose birthdays all fall in the first three months of the year, I'm all about cakes right about now.
My favorite things to cook
I love cinnamon! I keep a giant jar in my pantry and don't measure. Cinnamon is good for your metabolism, plus it smells great!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make oven pancakes or Swedish pancakes nearly every morning.
My cooking triumphs
There are two kinds of interesting challenges in cooking: making up something with what you have on hand, and making something delicious when the group you're cooking for includes a person who is allergic to some basic ingredient. Last week I was making dinner for a small group that included someone who couldn't have wheat and someone who couldn't have dairy. That was easy, it was the birthday cake at the end that was a challenge. I made this chocolate flourless icecream cake with cherries jubilee on top but I did make a separate cake for the woman who couldn't have dairy. Earth Balance Sticks did work in the cake but the flavor just wasn't as good as real butter. Yum!
My cooking tragedies
I think it's a tragedy when I work to make something delicious and a child rejects it or eats it rudely. We don't insist that our children eat everything, but it's hurtful to act disgusted by food you are given.