Late 40's, almost empty nest, DH and I love cooking, together or on our own, whomever is home first start diner :) - I come from a large family, and left home at 17 and I had never even boiled water. ... I was fortunate enough to have very understanding and patient mothers in law. And can follow a recipe like a science experiment... LOL 30 years later I can now experiment on my own.
My favorite things to cook
Left overs! I love making something new out of yesterday's awesome meals.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If there is food for 2 there's always food for more. There's nothing as pleasurable to me as having friends drop by, mid afternoon and staying for diner and a movie.
My cooking triumphs
Tony Roma/ Maple glazed ham I make for Easter a few years back is now our Easter Ham. Get largest bone in ham cover with water add 1cup brown sugar 1/4 cup maple syrup boil a few hours. Removed from water bake in 350 oven baste frequently with Tony Roma/maple sauce, until ham is pulled away from the bone. Voilà! (Mix 1cup each of Tony Roma original hot sauce and maple syrup in small pot simmer for as long as you boil the ham. Use this think syrup for basting) (reserve the water from the boiled ham for baked beans, later...)
My cooking tragedies
I had leftover: sautéed mushroom & cauliflower made a cream soup base with the reserve cooking juice of cauliflower and milk. Added the veg. It was fabulous! It needed a touch more seasoning.... Fresh ground pepper and salt.... Top of salt shaker broke off, the whole salt shaker emptied in my soup... I scooped the big lump of salt out, still It was disgusting. I peeled and chopped potatoes and boiled for 20 min. I had potatoes for diner they were nice and salted just right, soup went in the garbage.