Mother of a perpetually ravenous toddler and wife of a very hungry man. I am lucky in the fact that both my kiddo and my hubby have very adventurous tastes. That gives me the pleasure of trying out any recipe I find interesting. If we don't like it, we pitch it, otherwise we throw it into rotation.
My favorite things to cook
If it sounds good, I'll cook it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I used to love it when my Grandma used to let me help her make bread when I was little. I thought it was so much fun to get my fingers in the sticky dough and watch in awe as Grandma expertly added a small amount of flour at a time until she had kneaded it into a perfect, smooth and stretchy dough. My daughter loves helping me in the kitchen, so I hope to instill my love of cooking in her, just as my Grandma did in me.
My cooking triumphs
I moved 800 miles from home 2 days after my 18th birthday. My mom was not a very good cook, and we ate a lot of frozen dinners and hamburger helper. I used to love going to my Grandma's house for a "real" meal. She never really taught me any recipes, but I always watched her cook and marveled in her technique. Once I was out and living on my own, I started studying Food TV and any cookbook I could get my hands on, because I refused to live on frozen food alone. I've basically taught myself how to cook, and I'm so proud in how far I've come in only a short 10 years.
My cooking tragedies
I've had far too many tragedies to name...but each one has taught me a valuable lesson in what NOT to do.