I am semi-retired. I run the paper part of our business and enjoy and precious grandson Michael (affectionately referred to as Mijo). I love to cook and love to try new ideas. I have a bad habit of "inventing" recipes which really annoys friends who ask for a recipe.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking all main courses, salads, veggies, soups and stews. I am not a sweet eater so I hate baking, but I do make fabulous pastry and pies (only under duress). I like fresh ingredients, simple (elegant if need be), flavourful. I make my own salad dressings and use a lot of fresh and dried herbs. I use little to no prepared foods in my overall cooking. Canned tomatoes are almost the only canned product I buy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
According to my family, no one can beat my gravy, turkey stuffing, salmon and salad dressings. I don't use commercial salad dressings. My parents were farm-raised so I learned early to cook what was available. It doesn't matter who is in the house at dinner-time, I can always feed a crowd. The more the merrier!
My cooking triumphs
Baked Salmon, turkey stuffing. I can make gravy out of nothing and make it delicious (don't ask me how). Would it be because I LOVE gravy???
My 2-yr old grandson eats everything grandma cooks, including salad, coleslaw - such a delight when seeing what picky little eaters are out there. Of course, our family doesn't allow picky - you eat what is served to you - it's all in how you handle the little darlings.
My cooking tragedies
A Christmas Morning Strata. My family won't eat "wet bread".
Now we have bagels, cream cheese and lox Christmas morning. Everyone does their own!