Practically born cooking. My mother says that one morning when I was about 5 or 6 she promised me pancakes for breakfast. Well she awoke later that morning to the smell of pancakes cooking. Since she knew she and I were the only ones home, she was a little concerned. She said she came into the kitchen and found me standing in a chair at the stove, pouring pancake batter into a hot, oiled skillet. Next to me on the stove, was a plate of about 3 or 4 pancakes I had already cooked. She didn't realized until then I much I'd paid attention to what she did in the kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
Italian, Indian, Mexican food. And of course Dessert!
My favorite family cooking traditions
New Orleans style Seafood Gumbo, Macaroni and Cheese, Lemon Jello Cake, Rum Cake, Monkey Bread. I've learned to make all but the Monkey Bread!
My cooking triumphs
A friend made me this fabulous Curry Chicken, when I asked him for the recipe he refused. I said fine, I'll figure it out. I did, and when he and other friends tasted it, mine was better!
My cooking tragedies
Lemon chicken. I didn't realize that you can't marinate chicken in straight lemon juice for 6 hours.