Married for 15 years with 2 kids ages 8 and 10. I never learned how to cook really, but my great-grandma did inspire a love of baking in me. When I cook, it's usually good, but I don't know many meals and I cooking usually isn't the thing I most want to do at the end of the day. But, I want to learn and grow in this area!
My favorite things to cook
Apple pie, birthday cakes (I love to decorate), lasagne, pretty much any dessert, potato soup
My favorite family cooking traditions
We've embraced our Norwegian ancestory, so our family tradition is to make lefse ever year on the 23rd of December. When I was a kid, we would have our main holiday meal on Christmas Eve and there was always plenty of lefse left over for breakfast the next day! (My husband calls it Norwegian tortillas!)
My cooking triumphs
Mastering apple pie. I'd never done a pie before, then a couple of years ago, after harvesting so many apples from my mom's orchard, I didn't know what else to do. My crusts don't always look picture perfect, but there's always someone who's more than willing to lick the pie plate clean for me!
My cooking tragedies
My first Thanksgiving married: I tried to do ham and mashed potatoes. Seemed simple enough. We lived out of state, so it was just my husband and I, but I wanted it to be perfect for him! First, I had to call my aunt to find out how to even make mashed potatoes. They turned out lumpy and cold (no fault of my aunt's directions!), and the ham was the same. The rolls were okay, if I remember correctly. My husband (who's own mom is an incredible cook), was such a trooper! He told me how good everything was and even went back for seconds! I stifled tears and knew right then, I had an incredible man!