Recipe collector since 'HOME EC' classes in the 1970's - Girl Scouts too! I JUST LOVE ALLRECIPES & ALWAYS use it as my 'go to' resource now before making anything!
My favorite things to cook
I prefer to cook SIMPLY and don't follow recipes for things I make 'often' as I like to change it up a little. Use what I have and substitute for what I do not have. Have always enjoyed BAKING - especially anything CHOCOLATE!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is Ukrainian - so as kids, our entire (rather large) group would feast on things like Pierogi/Kielbasa/Cabbage Rolls regularly & lots of potatoes and ham as well. There was ALWAYS dessert after a 'supper' - it was a wonderful tradition I try to continue within my own 'smaller' group. My grandparents lived on a farm in Leamington Ontario Canada and grew tomatoes for Heinz - as well as home grown potatoes, beans, and strawberries. My Mom and her three sisters instilled the love of cooking as they learned from their mother ANNA.
My cooking triumphs
Nachinka is my most requested dish by my niece Emily and my granddaughter Samantha. I have hosted EASTER for many years now (my favorite holiday - Spring & everything 'new again') and when my then 85+ year old "BABA" said everything was "really good" at Easter - That was my most memorable triumph to date :0) When BABA passed away (just before her 100th Birthday) I had just put up a batch of her recipe for dill pickles which I brought to the memorial supper at her nieces home - all my aunts and even my great aunt agreed that the pickles tasted like BABA's pickles - another triumph & 'tribute' to my dearly loved BABA!
My cooking tragedies
When I touched a pot holder to the oven coil while just finishing up the Easter meal...my brother-in-law's mother saw the smoke coming out of the kitchen window...since it did catch on fire. Lucky for me my brother saved the day and grabbed the mitt from me..........everything turned out fine - but a cute story.