I have been wife to my dear husband since 1994 and a mom to 11 children, 7 boys and 4 girls including one special little girl with Down Syndrome :) I love to cook and I try out new recipes regularly. I visit Allrecipes almost everyday in search of something new to try with the ingredients I have on hand. Thanks contributors!!
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new recipes. Unfortunately, my husband and children can grow weary of my experiments so I do have to have some standbys to please them. Most of which I have found right here.
I like to try just about everything and tend to go in cycles. I will do homemade pastas one week, homemade tortillas and tamales the next, then Indian naan and lentil stew the next. You just never know what you'll get when you eat at my house. I also like to make frugally healthy meals using whole grains including brown rice, corn meal and beans since we do have a family of 13.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Probably my kids' favorite is that I make a birthday cake for them on each of their birthdays, decorated to their specifications. Every Christmas we do some cookie baking and making caramels is a must.
I don't know about tradition, but I make a hot breakfast from scratch for my children every morning. Some of our favorites are banana eggs (my own creation), porridge, hot rice cereal, and on occasion either buckwheat pancakes or even crepes.
We also have some Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter traditions that we look forward to each year.
My cooking triumphs
A successful Prime rib roast for the Thanksgiving holiday, complete with all the sides and dessert (chocolate cake with liquid centers). I have also been thrilled with the sourdough that I made several times using my own starter.
My cooking tragedies
I don't know that I have ever had to throw out a meal entirely other than the "tuna pie" that I made when I was 16 or so. It was more like tuna soup and NO-ONE would touch it. I'm sure that I have had others, but rather than see them as tragedies, I see them as learning experiences. I have a very brave family!