I am the Head Chef/kitchen and catering manager for a 55 and older luxury living community. I am an experienced gardener and use a lot of fresh veggies in the summer and can and freeze a lot of veggies for the winter. I love to create new recipes and experimenting with different herbs and spices. I have a some what picky 9 year old who is my biggest critic! I love sneaking in veggies to meals that she doesn't know about! I can whip up a meal from scratch like no one's business!
My favorite things to cook
Everything! Love trying new recipes and creating my own. I make my own spaghetti sauce from scratch from my garden veggies as well as pickles, salsa, jelly, and freeze and can as much as I can for my family. I keep my meals budget friendly most of the time so we can afford the occasional "extravagant" splurge! I recently learned how to make home made yogurt which has turned out to be an awesome budget saver for us!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I cook from scratch. Not many store bought items on my shelves. I do buy pasta (even though I can and do make home made pasta some times) just because it is a time saver. Over the last two years or so, I've become a big fan of the make ahead meals. I spend a whole saturday cooking meals and freezing them so we have a month or more's worth of meals in the freezer.