I am a new registered nurse (graduated May 2010), wife of almost 15 years, and mother of one son and one daughter. I enjoy cooking but am not very adventurous in the kitchen. I always follow the recipe as is the first go round and then tweak it to suit my taste. I love sharing new recipes and ideas.
My favorite things to cook
I love anything in a crust, chicken pot pie being one of my all-time favorite "comfort foods." I like Fall and Winter foods (soups, stews, casseroles, etc.), especially stuff I can toss in the crockpot overnight or early in the morning and have the house smelling wonderful. I believe in "lovin' from the oven"!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I regret that my kids are getting older and we have never really established a routine of them helping me in the kitchen. Every year they help bake and decorate Christmas cookies with me.
We use a daily theme to help everyone stay abreast of what's for dinner: Soul food Sunday, Mama Mia Monday, Tex-Mex Tuesday, One-dish Wednesday, Thrifty Thursday (leftovers), Finger Food Friday, and Soup/Sandwich/Salad Saturday. I enjoy finding new recipes to add to the rotation.
My cooking triumphs
As a favor to my sister, I have baked and decorated two wedding cakes that turned out beautiful.
Let me not forget the Elmo cake I baked for my nephew's 2nd birthday-it was baked in one of those shaped pans and covered with frosting piped on with the "star" tip in a dozen different colors.
My cooking tragedies
I do not tend to fry hardly anything, much to my family's chagrin. I haven't perfected the technique for getting the batter to stick to the meat and not the bottom of the pan. I also do not like the mess it creates. I am at the mercy of Popeye's Cajun kitchen or the local grocery store deli when we have a taste for fried chicken around here. A Fry Daddy would probably help!