I am a household administrator to my kids and husband. I enjoy baking and trying new spice combinations in new dishes. I tend to over analyze recipes based on reviews and make changes based on other comments. I love that I can read my own reviews to see what I did to make the recipe work for me.
My favorite things to cook
I like to make spicy foods from around the world. Two of my favorites are Indian curry dishes and different regional Mexican dishes. I like to experiment, but I look up recipes first about 95% of the time. I usually end up using substitutions, especially if I look up recipes by ingredients I want to use that day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am in charge of Easter dinner, so its fun to be in charge of a fancy meal once a year. Once a month we have a big family potluck and I like looking up new side dishes to try. I also like making "bag treats" such as giant cookies or caramel and candy dipped pretzel rods for the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
I am usually good at drop cookies, cake mixes and things baked in the oven. I was asked to make a cheesecake for a birthday and suprised myself (and everyone else) with how good it came out.
My cooking tragedies
I can think of at least three blunders off hand. First was a lemon layer cake I tried to make from scratch. It came out awful and I had to use a cake mix instead. The second was cookies I made for my "treat bags". I tried to make some fancy recipe but failed horribly. I used my reliable chocolate chunk cookie recipe as a back up. Third was a breakfast casserole. The first time I made it, it was wonderful. I tried the same recipe about a month later and it was so soggy. I ended up making scrambled eggs and toast. Lessons I have learned- if you are cooking for other people or special occasions, ALWAYS have a back up plan.