I've been a working mom up until last month, so I haven't had as much time to hone my cooking skills like I wanted to... until now. I've been obsessively following new recipes every week, and I've really surprised myself as to what I've been able to make!
My favorite things to cook
Right now, it's breads, pasta of any kind, pizza and pies! I feel like if I can master the art of any kind of dough, I can really expand my cooking abilities.
My favorite family cooking traditions
although I am not Italian, the first thing I ever learned to cook was Spaghetti. It's something my grandma always made for me, and it was my first 'favorite food' -- I think it still is!
I cooked my own pot for the first time at the age of 13, and I have been working on perfecting it ever since, but I've never really made it the same way twice!
My cooking triumphs
My major cooking triumph has been recent. I followed a recipe on here for banana bread, and it came out so good, that that Carpenters Song "On Top of the World" ran through my head, and I felt like I could then, master ANYTHING.
I've been baking every day since.
My cooking tragedies
I once had this amazing white chicken chili I made (from my own made up recipe) and it was a HUGE pot.
Well, I somehow ended up scorching the bottom, and it was this HUGE stock pot. Like two gallons or something.
I tried everything to save the chili, but ended up having to throw the whole thing away, including the stupid cheap pot I was using.
A few months ago, I followed Paula Deen's recipe for Chicken and Dumplings from foodnetwork.com .... well I kneaded the dough for the dumplings too much, and in the words of my husband, 'they were so tough they were made of kevlar.'
I had my mother in law over for dinner that night too, with plans deliver the news were were expecting our third child.. so yeah.... it was even more of a disaster because of that.