I come from a family of unbelievable cooks! My adventure started when I was 12 and my mother was too sick during her 5th pregnancy to even get out of bed. I had an old Betty Crocker cookbook, a lot of imagination, a dad and 3 very hungry brothers! and a mom that I was trying to coax in any way I could dream up. We were living in 'the sticks' in Brazil at the time where my parents were missionaries, so I had to make a lot of substitutions! I think I must have passed that 'fun of ingenuity' onto my 3 sons, because 2 of them are MAJOR chefs (especially my oldest), and my youngest one cooks, also. No cooking for THEIR wives (who just love the food, and don't even have to clean up much... that was part of the training!) I sure do miss that time with my sons! but they seem to be passing it on to their own now :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Superbowl parties! (we came up with some GREAT 'appetizers' and munchies :)
Sitting around the table up at my parents' house when any of my children are there with THEIR families, after one of my sons, my mom, and me have made a fantastic meal.
Having fun 'just cooking' with my (2nd) husband in the kitchen, who is also an incredible cook, and has introduced me to WONDERFUL Italian foods and traditions!
My cooking triumphs
My oldest son, who was Tallahassee's #1 chef 2 years in a row, sold some of my 'recipes' that we played with while he was growing up, to one of the most prestigious restaurants there (our state's capital). My biggest triumph, I would say, is seeing my 2 oldest sons succeed (after running their own restaurants, catering businesses, etc.), in heading up 2 of Florida's best/biggest hospitals at such a young age, and both winning so many awards at such a young age! My oldest has now reached the pinnacle of his field as a chef... before he was 35!