I'm a mom, as are so many others here, hunting to find the next meal to make for our families, and make them happy. I get bored easily - and run out of steam by summer, usually, and don't want to cook for three months, til the weather gets cold again. I love allrecipes because it helps me use up everything in my fridge. The ingredient search is very helpful. I also use fine cooking's website, too, which I think is fun. Thanks, Allrecipes!!!!
My favorite things to cook
Cake! Meat stresses me out, and veggies are great once they are done, but I'm daunted by the prep. I am fairly lazy, however, I don't like to feed my family lots of prepackaged foods - ok, cereal and I wish I had a bread machine, but beyond that, it's pretty much whatever I cobble together. We eat pretty simply because I'm not a great cook, and I don't like to buy too much because I try to avoid wasting food (so much food goes to landfills!).
My slow cooker has become my BFF in the past five years, since we are always out and about at some sport or musical event.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We love to make holiday cookies and cakes. We like experimenting with dough in the fall, which is when the thermometer dips below 70 (ha ha).
A really great tradition is our holiday dinner, where we bring together our favorite dishes. That's always a treat. It's at my house, which is fun, too.
I'd love to have more 'food' events at my house.
My cooking triumphs
Eclairs. Yum! Anytime I actually complete a recipe without botching it is a triumph.
This Christmas I made an amazing beef tenderloin with a liver, currant and mushroom stuffing and even my kids loved it, and the phone calls I got for days made me very happy, because, as I said, cooking meat makes me nervous (and my meat thermometer was on the fritz). Made me even happier because the butcher and my mother warned me against butterflying 'a perfectly beautiful tenderloin'. Hey I like simple as much as (if not more than) the next person, but sometimes you have to branch out - especially for the holidays.
My cooking tragedies
A lot. I have a tendency to talk and try to read recipes at the same time. On Easter, we had to throw out a batch of batter because I doubled some of it because I was TALKING and not paying attention. It's o.k. though because I ended up making a fab shortcake instead, and it was delish.