Happy lady in mid 40's, three kids, two dogs and one husband! college student and stay-at-home mom, currently. Have cooked professionally so I still rated myself that way. I am a Christian woman and believe that cooking blesses me and the people I love... kind of like a small ministry!
My favorite things to cook
You name it! Lately am into crock pot because am so crazy-busy. Have found much joy in making cookies, not only the process but in giving them away or just keeping my family humming!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hmm... probably being frugal. It is a challenge to use leftovers and find way to use the pumpkin from Halloween, etc... Of course, all holiday cooking is the usual "tradition" but even there I get a kick out of buying clearance cranberry sauce and finding ways to use it all year long. It is like a game!
My cooking triumphs
Gee, getting paid at holidays to bake empanadas... that is a real ego-boost, I admit. Just making my family happy, as corny as that sounds! since my mom died when I was young, I am really aware that one day my kids will miss me and remember my cooking and happy times we had together cooking and eating!
My cooking tragedies
The truth: as a young bride I didn't know you had to clean the black ink stuff out of squid before you cooked it. Really, the recipe was a stir-fry that called for shrimp that we couldn't afford! When i saw the squid for .34 cents a pound it never occurred to me that it was used for bait here in Corpus Christi! I was so proud of myself until my mean and verbally abusive ex-husband cut into it with his fork and the black stuff went all over the beautiful broccoli and carrots! He threw the plate against the wall and we ordered pizza! I divorced him and kept on cooking! Lesson learned in more ways than one!!!!!