I grew up a Navy Brat and lived in many places but now reside in the Washington DC metro area for the last several decades. I work as a Communication Mgr. for a large multi-employer pension fund and plan to retire in a year or two. I look forward to spending more time being creative with cooking, gardening, painting and other projects.
My favorite things to cook
Thai (Pineapple Chicken Curry,Peanut Noodle); Chinese (Chicken with Black Bean Sauce, Tomato Beef, Chicken with Broccoli); Italian (Chicken Marsala, Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti and Meatballs); American classics (Meatloaf, Pot Roast, Roast Chicken); Desserts: Grandma Opa's Apple Pie recipe from AllRecipes is the BOMB!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Dad was the main cook in our family and I learned by watching him. He claimed he had to learn to cook when he was an officer aboard ship and it was Thanksgiving and most of the crew was seasick. He also claimed he took over the cooking duties from my mother when she tried to broil a steak in a stove drawer instead of the broiler. He pored over cookbooks all the time but rarely followed recipes, always incorporating his own twists. My favorites: Beef Stroganoff starting with homemade onion soup the day before and always using Delmonico steak. To die for! Also, English Muffin Bread, Ham with Raisin sauce,Roast Beef Au Jus. He told me to help with cooking for the family when I was fourteen but didn't give me much instruction. Lucky for my family I'm a quick learner.
My mom liked to make desserts and she could be a wonderful cook but frequently there was some hilarious mishap such as dropping the cake on the floor, forgetting about the roast in the oven until it turned into a briq
My cooking triumphs
When I first started cooking for my now husband, I planned an elaborate Italian meal that I was to prepare at his house. He rarely, if ever, cooked. I started the meal knowing that only two burners on his stove worked but then one of those crapped out. I had to prepare everything in stages on one burner and bring it all together hot at the end. It wasn't easy but it may have been the best Chicken Marsala with pasta and sauce I ever made.
My cooking tragedies
Until Grandma Opa's recipe noted above, I couldn't make a decent Apple Pie to save my life. I also had a mishap with a fresh strawberry cake that I mistakenly used seasoned flour for fried chicken in place of regular flour.