I love to cook but don't seem to have as much time as I would like to do so! I use my family as guinea pigs every chance I get. Hubby and I have been married for over 11 years and we have a wonderful almost 5 year old daughter. I really enjoy baking but mainly focus on new ideas for dinner when looking for recipes. I love to watch cooking shows on TV too and am often inspired to try new twists on old favorites.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta, fish, dessert, potatoes and new sauces.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I could always count on Mom and Grandma for the best pot roasts with potatoes and carrots, steak and gravy, and fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. You know, those comfort foods that filled the house with yummy smells. My Grandma is 93 years old now and you still cannot go to her house without being fed. She makes awesome desserts that are always available and the best potato rolls you will ever eat. Cooking for her has always been about making people happy and I guess that is why I love it so much.
My cooking triumphs
The mint brownies from this site are my father-in-law's all time favorite dessert. He is a man who will pour sugar on his pudding to sweeten it up! I have my grandparent's over to eat and my Grandma always says I am a terrific cook which is the highest praise I can imagine. My Mom loves my pastas and my hubby, who is no fan of veggies, likes when I try out recipes that have exotic sauces for the meat. I always love feeding the whole crowd while avoiding traditional recipes and having everyone ask me for the recipes to take home.
My cooking tragedies
I made an Elmo cake for my daughter's 2nd birthday that she loved and looked beautiful but tasted really awful thanks to the bitterness of the colored frosting. Everyone scraped off the icing and choked down a tiny piece after I worked on it until 3 AM. Most of my tragedies are about desserts as I prefer for them to look pretty and they rarely do!