I spend 85% of the day in my kitchen. My kids love to spend some time there by my side. I believe teaching kids about good food, smart food choices, and how to prepare foods which bring joy to others is crucial step toward nurturing in them a healthy heart of service. Why cook/bake if there's no one to enjoy it.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking just about anything. I'd like to be more adventurous but my family's overall culinary tastes are not particularly daring. I do like to make meals which with holiday themes. Like Lafayette's Chicken on President's Day. Yum.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pizza, pizza, pizza. Every Saturday night for as long as I can remember my family gathered round the kitchen table mixing, shredding, slicing, and chopping the fixin's for our favorite weekly treat. It was the one time I can remember the whole family (Dad included) getting together in one place each creating a personal masterpiece. My four slices were always covered with pepperoni and onions. My mom and dad's loaded with the works--including anchovies... That childhood tradition continued into my adult life and has become my part of my own family's life routine. It is in fact my signature meal amongst friends and family including ty teen daughter's circle of friends. Even if she wasn't home they'd come over just for the pizza!
My cooking triumphs
Mastering my gramma's apricot filled cookies.
My cooking tragedies
Tuna burgers. The first time I made them I completely changed the recipe around and they were delicious. The second time I followed the recipe and instructions to the letter. The result...grimaces all around the table. If we had had a dog I wouldn't have inflicted those things on him!