I was born in VT, raised in TX and have lived in FL for most of my adult life. I have 3 great kids, who I refused to let be picky eaters, so they love pretty much everything I cook, which is good for my ego. (heehee!) I am at a point in my life where I'm trying to figure out what exactly it is that I do best, and it all always comes back to cooking, so I'm trying to focus on that and hopefully discover a way to cook for the masses and make a little money doing it! That would be nice.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking...cupcakes, cakes, pies...anything sweet and yummy that makes you feel like you're getting a special treat, not just the usual meal, like breakfast, lunch or dinner. I do like cooking dinner though, too..I tend to get bored easily with the same old thing when it comes to mealtime, so I end up at All Recipes a LOT!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always loved to have the WHOOOOOLE family over for the holidays, and it never failed, every year we'd be eating dinner when someone would yell, "Oh, no! The rolls!" And they'd be burned, every time. So now every year, just to honor Mom, we always "forget" the rolls... Just like old times, lol. They're lovingly referred to as "Nana Rolls" now.
My cooking triumphs
My latest great success was the Gourmet Mushroom Risotto that I just made tonight! I had never tried it before, much less cooked it, so I was unsure, really, of what to expect. It was AWESOME! I've also made some really pretty cakes and adorable cupcakes!
I also like to take credit for the fact that my husband, who never used to like ANYTHING when we first met, now will try just about everything and eats loads of things that he always used to hate! He hated sweets, (can you believe that?!) and now he asks what's for dessert almost regularly. I am under the impression his mother was a lousy cook, in every sense of the word!
My cooking tragedies
I've had more than my share of tragedies! The latest one was this lime and coconut cake I tried making a few days after surgery..that was probably my first mistake, lol..cooking under the influence! I don't know what I did wrong, but the frosting just pooled all in the bottom of the cake plate!
Another bad day was my birthday a few years ago..it wasn't my fault, tho..oddly enough, Tropical Storm Danielle was making it's way through our area and the power went out right as I was putting my cake in the oven. :( That was a lousy birthday all around. I didn't even get cake!