If you can follow a recipe, have a desire to serve a delicious meal, and make it a point to cook dinner for you or your family as much as possible, you have the potential to become a great cook. It is just a matter of continuous experience and a little effort. In an age where many moms aren't stay-at-home anymore, the children don't always have the luxury of being with Mommy when she cooks and must learn for the most part on their own when they leave home. There is hope, and I can testify to it! There are so many great recipes out there. If you visit someone and you like what they made, ask them how! Ask your mama and grandmama, or dad, or mother-in-law. If your husband has a favorite meal that his mama cooked, ask her for the recipe and tips... he'll love it. My daughter is only 3 and she loves to "help" me cook. (I have to say, she can crack an egg pretty well) I like cooking with her too because I know I'm passing down a legacy (and I love to see her excitement.)
My favorite things to cook
Balsamic chicken salad w/ apples, pecans, and homemade dressing; baked sweet potatoes, beans, and cornbread; tacos with sweet beans and homemade guacamole; spaghetti sauce; whole chicken or a roast in a crockpot all day w/ carrots and mashed potatoes; chicken soup from the chicken and stock that cooked in the crockpot all day; green beans with bacon and onions; whole-wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies w/ pecans; buttermilk chocolate cake; kefir smoothies
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was young my family cooked just enough for us, not a wide range of items, but still good. My husband's family is from Alabama and loves cooking. My mom-in-law cooks enough for an army and my sister-in-law has a wide range of cooking skills under her belt. I have gleaned from both and am so glad I have because I love cooking good food.
My cooking triumphs
I have become pretty good at cooking all the items under my favorite things to cook. I learned to make buttermilk cornbread amongst many other things from my mom-in-law. Now that I have learned to cook a little, I have become pickier in my taste as far as what is good and what isn't. Now that I've tasted the good stuff, I don't think I can go back to mediocre!
My cooking tragedies
When my daughter had her first birthday, I made a cake sweetened with concentrated apple-juice. It was NOT good, I am so glad I made a chocolate cake to serve as an alternate choice at her party!