I am married with one child in college and I live in rural Warren County. I published a cookbook in 1998, "From Grandma's Table" and have had good success with it. I love to enter baking contests and have recently started a part-time catering business. I also work full time as an accountant at a local hospital and sell real estate part-time.
My favorite things to cook
Pies are my specialty. I love to take my time with the top crust and make it look special. I also like working with yeast dough, cakes, and cookies. I recently started decorating cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is full of good cooks. Our annual reunion must always have my Aunt Carol's meatloaf, Mom's cheeseball, my chocolate layer dessert and pecan bars.
My cooking triumphs
I have won several local baking contests and I would like to compete in the Pillsbury Bake Off. I once made a cake for a strawberry themed contest that took 5 1/2 hours to complete. It was truly a labor of love complete with white chocolate curls!!
My cooking tragedies
I had only been married for about a week when I decided to make gravy. I called home to ask my mom how much flour to use, and since she wasn't there, my dad told me to use a cup or two. I thought two cups sounded like a lot, so I only used one. The gravy was stiffer than thick mashed potatoes, but my new husband said it tasted wonderful!! I've come a long way in cooking abilities since then.