I live in northern Delaware with my husband and our our two dogs, Milo, the Pomeranian and Zelda, the Papillon. My husband has been the "victim" of many of my cooking experiments. Milo happily eats whatever I drop on the floor in the kitchen. I consider myself a master baker (been baking since elementary school). I've graduated to being a pretty good cook, as well.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake! My specialties are coconut pound cake and "loaded" chocolate chip cookies (my own recipe). Popular homemade favorites at my house are lasagna (made with turkey italian sausage and fresh mozzarella), roasted pork loin, oatmeal (yes, mine is special), corn fritters (pancake-style), and ANYTHING grilled on charcoal.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has a long history (40+) in pit-style barbecue. We pride ourselves in our grilling skills. Also, my grandmother taught me to bake when I was in elementary school and I've loved creating sweet treats ever since.
My cooking triumphs
My coconut pound cake is so popular that people who hate coconut like it. It's a great way to make friends at a new job or to cheer people up. My Christmas cookies are also legendary.
My cooking tragedies
Where do I begin? There was the curried chicken that was so spicy that we broke out into a sweat at the dinner table (next time I cut back on the chili powder and ended up with a great dish), the grilled tilapia that fell onto the coals, the various attempts at enchiladas that just weren't quite right, many attempt to make Asian food, the overly buttery buter pecan ice cream (well, some people liked it), and the too-garlicy smothered pork chops... I could go on and on.