Married mother of 5 always hungry teenagers. Husband and daughter are type 1 diabetics. My cooking has morphed over the years. When I'm in a good mood I will try just about anything. I have no problem sharing the kitchen with others. I love help making dinner and I let my husband make breakfast on the weekends.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts and sweet breads. Maybe because that's what I love to eat! I love to try new things especially using up leftovers or veggies before they go bad. I enjoy sneaking squash and other veggies in my dishes. I almost always double the veggies in every meal I make.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making fudge at Christmastime. My dad would make huge pans of it every year and we'd go caroling taking it to families. Whole wheat banana bread was something we made almost every Saturday to use up the old bananas. My mom never let anything go to waste and she could make a mostly decent meal from just about nothing. Also, my mom would make homemade whole wheat bread almost weekly. We loved it fresh out of the oven with melted butter.
My cooking triumphs
My first cherry cheesecake! It was the highly coveted item at an auction and I was thrilled! I have a brownie recipe to die for that we love to make all the time. (Unfortunately for my waistline) Yam Cake! My sons hate cooked yams, so rather than have them eat them for two meals, I substituted the leftovers for the carrots in a carrot cake recipe and it was divine. No one knew it was yams.
My cooking tragedies
Definitely my Pumpkin Soup. I tried a recipe from this website years ago and obviously didn't take into account that they meant canned pumpkin. I used fresh cooked, but I didn't drain it well enough, and it didn't have enough flavor. I added too much liquid and it was essentially a huge pot of inedible slop. Someday I may try again. Oh, I also made a horrible potato soup once at about 14 years old. I was reading the recipe and thought, "No way is 1/4 cup of flour enough to thicken this huge pot". I added so much it turned into a gluey mess. My mom made us eat it and my sisters were angry with me for weeks afterward.