I'm married with no children, unless you count the hubby and the cat. We are always looking for new recipes to try and I like cooking new things so I'm looking forward to all the recipes I can find here! My husband says in the 15 years we have been together I have never cooked anything he didn't like except once when he chose a recipe from a cookbook we had that mixed the strangest ingredients, I told him it was a bad idea but he insisted. Needless to say, I didn't even try it and he admits that it was not a good choice, so it has been permanently abolished from my repertoire.
My favorite things to cook
Any kind of desserts or baking...and I've been told I'm pretty good at it which inspires me to try new things all the time. I remember when I was younger people always telling me that they would never try to bake a homemade cheesecake, it was just too hard; so, of course, I had to try it myself....since that first time I have been wondering why people I knew made it sound almost impossible. Today, all kinds of different cheesecake varieties are some of my favorite things to bake!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in MD so alot of my family recipes are MD Blue Crab-related...there are Crabbies, Crab Cakes, Homemade Crab Soup, Cream of Crab Soup -- you get the idea. Other than that I am especially fond of our family recipe for mashed potatoes, potato salad, Lacey Oatmeal Cookies and Hot Milk Cake.
My cooking triumphs
Probably one of the biggest triumphs was cooking my very first complete Thanksgiving dinner all by myself (with hubby's help peeling potatoes). I cooked the turkey upside down but I think that just made it even more moist, although the presentation was not the greatest! One other triumph was the time that my husband volunteered me to bake a 3-tier wedding cake for some of his friends at work without asking me first. I figured it out and their beach-themed cake turned out pretty well, especially as it was my first time making such a large cake and using fondant in any way.
My cooking tragedies
Besides the terrible recipe my husband chose years ago, I can think of two other things. First, I DO NOT like toaster ovens but when we first got married the hubby insisted we keep the toaster oven we got for a gift and not have a regular toaster...bad idea, as one day I tried to make some toast and the bread caught on fire! (Note: we now own a regular toaster only...no toaster ovens for me).
Secondly, I was using a recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf and I didn't find the tips and tricks before I made it because they weren't mentioned in the recipe or on the page that I got the recipe from...needless to say, we ended up with a meatloaf that wasn't terrible but would have been so much better had it not been floating in a sea of grease after baking. Apparently it is suggested that you put a few slices of bread in bottom of pan to soak up the excess grease that will bake out of it due to the cheese, bacon and ground beef. Learned that lesson and don't plan on making the same mistak