Growing up in rural Wisconsin as an only girl with 4 brothers, I'm a bit of a tomboy. I was also fortunate to have grown up with many of my relatives close by including my maternal grandmother and two great-grandmothers. I've learned so much about life from these strong women and great cooks and crafters. This has led me to be not only independent but very much a person who loves and enjoys gatherings around family and friends.
My favorite things to cook
I've carried on the family tradition of comfort foods especially in the winter months with homemade soups, stews, roasts, etc. I also have a passion for trying new foods. After a trip to France a few years ago, I've enjoyed a few french recipes but also love to try new Mediteranian dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Like many families, I was taught how to cook by my mother and grandmothers especially around the holidays. Traditions of making rosettes, spritz cookies, date balls, holiday pudding and all the fixings of a great holiday meal.
My cooking triumphs
A french dessert I had our last night in Paris. A molten chocolate cake with le'creme, fresh raspberries and mint leaves.
My cooking tragedies
I still can't make a good macaroni and cheese. I've never gotten the cheese as smooth and creamy as I'd like.