I am a single woman who is divorced and kids grown and off to college. Very happy alone, like to cook but need to learn not to cook and shop for so much food. It is hard after two decades of cooking for a crowd.
My favorite things to cook
I love chicken, but I cook what is on sale now. I like teriaki dishes, cheese and egg, pasta and most of all sweets. Trying to learn to put a healthy spin on everything.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My kids all look forward to the ole family favs. Casseroles, dips, my fried chicken and desserts and lots of hot drinks. We used to cuddle up on the couch with our favorite blankets and drink outlandish hot drinks when we watched movies on weekends and at the end of Holiday get togethers. Actually, any recipe they loved as children. They are learning to love other peoples cooking now that they have left the nest, so sometimes they seem to not love all things quite as much as when they were kids, but the ole recipies still bring back family good times I think.
My cooking triumphs
I have mastered carrot cake, for sure. No one has the recipe I use and it is an absolute favorite all the time. It was passed to me by my mom, so I am not bragging. She did this cake very well. I also think I make kuchen and fried chicken pretty good also.
My cooking tragedies
You name it, I have fubbed it up. However, I try to learn by my mistakes. I also love zucchini and I served a new recipe (which I had raved about) to my friends- who had heard I could cook and were anxious to come to dinner at my home. I don't entertain much anymore, but when I finally did I made this recipe I thought would be fool proof. Boy it was awful, awful, awful. Hard to beleive anyone who could cook would serve it, but it was a main at the dinner. Honestly, I think some of my friends were shocked and wondered if I had lost a screw upstairs. I have learned not to serve anything I haven't tried and made my own. I used to be able to take any recipe and it came out ok, but now that I don't cook as often, I seem to have lost my touch with new recipes. So...only the tried and true recipes for company from now on.