I'm a very simple person, and I'm married with three young children who I've been privileged to stay at home with. I love to cook and try new recipes or tweak tried recipes. I enjoy sharing my baked goods with family, friends and my husband's coworkers. I also enjoy providing a meal for friends who are having a hard time or have had a baby. My husband and I enjoy having friends over and serving them dinner and then playing games after. We are a very casual family, and there is nothing formal when we have company.
My favorite things to cook
I absolutely love making desserts, the ones that many others are scared to try like biscotti, cheesecake, semifreddo, and warm lemon sponge cake with fresh lemon curd.
My cooking triumphs
When my husband and I were first married I was only 20, and I wanted to try making bread. He thought I was crazy, but I tried it and it was delicious! Because of that I have made bread many times (without a bread machine!), sticky buns, and pizza dough.
The first several years of marriage I never deviated from a recipe especially when making soups. However, I rarely use a recipe now and 99% of the time it tastes great and is a keeper recipe. I tend to doubt myself though and look to the cookbooks to double check what seasonings and spices to use. That will be the next thing to overcome!
My cooking tragedies
I was making cupcakes and 10:30 in the evening to take to a church potluck the next day, and we had to leave at 8:30 in the morning. I had used this recipe one other time and didn't have a problem. However, this time the cupcakes were overflowing and creating a huge mess and filling my kitchen with smoke. At 10:45pm I was cleaning my oven the best I could with it being hot, and I tried using the rest of the batter in a round cake pan figuring I could take a small cake instead of cupcakes. That didn't happen because that overflowed in the oven too. To this day I have no idea what was going on. Needless to say we stopped at the grocery store and bought a package of fresh baked cookies.