I've been married over twenty years, and LOVE to cook! My teenage kids always bring their friends over to the house for dinner. I teach high school, so holidays and summers are a favorite time for me because I can cook more :)
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new things and new recipes. I can read a recipe and tell if it will be good. I have a knack for using seasonings, and hardly ever use salt. When cooking casually at home, I never measure and just eye-ball the amounts. This comes from knowing how flavors come together, and knowing the basics of cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every holiday my entire family converges on my house. I always try to experiment with new recipes, but my family is starting to request the same ones...so now I experiment during the summer when I am off for summer break.
My cooking triumphs
Baking a wedding cake from scratch and creating the flowers from gum paste and/or royal icing.
My cooking tragedies
My grandfather owned three bakeries in the PA area. When I was in high school, I got the idea to try my hand at homemade bread. I don't think I kneaded it enough; it was as hard as a brick and we could use it as a door stop! I have improved A LOT since those first days.