Retired librarian, widowed mom, old-as-dirt news-junkie, and occasional moonbatty biddy.
My favorite things to cook
salads, soups, casseroles, goodies, i.e. baddies
My favorite family cooking traditions
My ancestors cleared land and homesteaded farms from Maine to Montana, and their traditional dishes exploited seasonally ripe, fresh ingredients prepared simply, often separately, with at most a sprinkle of sugar or salt brightening the flavor. A pitcher of milk was passed around for those who liked it wet.
My cooking triumphs
doughnuts, beignets, caramels, croissants, puff pastry
My cooking tragedies
My attempt at candied roasted chestnuts produced stones you probably couldn't cut with a chain-saw, let alone chew, not even after I soaked them overnight in brandy and cooked them in a steamed pudding. Determined to grind them into submission, I tossed a handful into my trusty blender and broke the blade.