Transitioning into cooking for two again after 30 years... trying new recipes, new ways to cook. Finally got a new kitchen that I've needed for many years and enjoy being it more than going out to eat. I always loved to entertain, but the stress of it was sometimes overwhelming because I thought I had to wow my guests with intricate meals...now I wow them (and myself) with simpler, yet delicious meals.
My favorite things to cook
I'm very good at whipping up a meal at a moments notice. Looking at what I have for ingredients and creating something easily allows me to enjoy drop in company as well as not frequenting fast food establishments because I don't know what to cook. I love to create salads, anything chocolate, new as well as tried & true chicken recipes, anything on the grill, homemade pizza's, soups & chowders.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sour Cream Coffee Cake and overnight french toast for holiday breakfasts. Last minute...no idea what to make for dessert...simple yet decadent chocolate float dessert I've been making for almost 30 yrs. Making up recipes with what I have and having my family tell me...please write this one down!
My cooking triumphs
Recreated my favorite Uno's meal by looking up the ingredients online and creating my own version. After defrosting fish and not scallops for this years Christmas brunch, I quickly reviewed a few recipes at allrecipes and created my version of a wonderful fish & shrimp chowder and no one even missed the scallops!
My cooking tragedies
Overcooked my first try at roasted veggies...dried up into nothing & burned! Spent an hour making meatballs that I ended up burning in my slow cooker. Finding out 3 hours before company was to arrive on Easter Sunday that my crown roast was bad! This is when I learned that all was not lost, there's always chicken!