I'm a mom of a 13 yr old boy, and wife of 14 yrs. I have an adorable Shih Tzu named Snookie, and 2 horrible cats : )
I started cooking with my grandparents as a small child, and have always loved working in the kitchen. Since most of my family has passed on, I love the memories that making their favorite recipes brings. It feels like they are right here with me.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, and pound cake is my favorite! I enjoy making baked goods for friends and loved ones.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My all time holiday favorites were cooking latkes with my grandfather, and enjoying the beautiful butter spritz cookies my grandparents made. My family is very small now, so I like making these with my 13 yr old son. He generally likes the eating part the best.
My German immigrant great grandma always made Velveeta baked spaghetti, as did my grandparents. It's a special holiday treat, and seeing how much my son loves it reminds me of how my brother and I used to gobble it down every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
For Thanksgiving this year I made a spectacular 3D Turkey cake with the Williams-Sonoma Nordicware pan, and joined the halves together with the most divine buttercream. I dusted the cake with powdered sugar.
This was extra special for me, as we had my chinese friend's family join us for dinner. This was their first Thanksgiving celebration, and the look on their faces when they saw the bountiful meal and stunning cake really moved me. It is why I love cooking so much. It brings everyone together.
My cooking tragedies
Ugg trying to make a cooked peanut butter frosting that my husband's grandma made. She gave me the recipe, with the wrong temperature. Even though I knew it couldn't possibly be right, I took Granny's word for it, and almost wrecked my Kitchenaid mixer. The frosting turned into cement! She still stood by her recipe though, lol!