I decided I loved to cook as a young child. My mother was a housewife during the first half of my childhood, and my grandparents lived one house over. If I wasn’t outside with friends, I was in the kitchen with my mother or my grandmother. I grew up making mostly comfort-food style dishes, and decadent desserts. As an adult, I’ve directed my culinary interests to making healthier versions of the foods I grew up loving. Now married, my husband raves to his friends and family about my cooking. He used to eat everything, except for the healthy stuff. Somehow, I've managed to convert his tastes to more "grown-up" ones. Now I can prepare anything I want for him, and no matter how green or healthy it is, he always gobbles it right up!
My favorite things to cook
Growing up in the country, i love, love, love comfort food. Unfortunately, that food can wreck a waistline. So, I come up with my own healthier substituions in most recipes to "lighten" them up without sacrifing taste. I really enjoy making stir-frys and anything that's loaded with vegetables and flavor. Like any country girl, I spend a lot of time baking cookies, muffins, breads, and desserts to pass a Sunday afternoon. What no one realizes is, I've probably found a way to make that sweet treat they're enjoying much more healthy than they'd ever know.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are the best times in the kitchen for me and my family. I always help prepare the main dishes as well as whip up some tasty side dishes, too. My mother and I usually make lots of candies and cookies to give as treats for Christmas.