I love to cook and bake and try new recipes. I've been baking since I was a little girl. My mom taught me to make cookies and then she retired from baking them! She taught me how to make the perfect pie crust and to roll sandtarts nice and thin. I'm still not able to do it quite like her though.
My favorite things to cook
Baking desserts is my specialty, but I also like to make Italian and Pennsylvania Dutch foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition. Mostly we make sandtarts, which is a several step process that works best with 2 or more people.
My cooking triumphs
I coordinated a Christmas tea for 120 people this past year. We had homemade scones (Grandma Johnson's are the best!), Devonshire Cream, Chicken salad sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, mini cheesecakes, frosted grapes, and meringue cookies. Most of the recipes were obtained from AllRecipes.com
My cooking tragedies
Well just last night I had some trouble transferring Chantel's New York Cheesecake from the pan to a box. It broke in half! Well, I decided that the cheesecake should be cut into pieces before giving it away so I used a piece of dental floss to slice it into about 15 pieces. It looked pretty much good as new!