I never learned to cook as a girl. When I had a family of my own I had to learn quickly. As my family has grown my interest in cooking has too. I started watching cooking shows on TV then discovered this and a few other sites. This is my favourite though. I love experimenting with new tastes and have somehow discovered that I seem to have a knack for looking at recipies and being able to tell if they would turn out to be delicious.
My favorite things to cook
Main courses. Good steaks, roast beef, turkey. A vegetarian I am not.
I also love to make sauces and salad dressings. When I see a recipe for a sauce,dressing, marinade that calls for lots of ingredients or ingredients that I usually don't use I get intrigued. Due to quite a few really good recipe results, mainly from this site, I have been enjoying baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving and Christmas Turkey dinner. The menu is almost always the same and the kids wouldn't have it any other way. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, a veg, my special gravy, cranberry sauce, cabbage salad, manderine orange salad and nanaimo bars for dessert.
My cooking triumphs
I am always on cloud nine when I make a roast and the gravy turns out really good. But I think that finally mastering a pie crust makes me feel triumphant.
My cooking tragedies
Friends were invited over for a casual dinner. I was using my old standby spagetti sauce recipe that I have made for 10+ years and I burned it. My friends are great and we had a good laugh. A few months later the same group gathered at my house for a meal. Everything looked great. A nicely balanced Sunday spread. Nothing too fancy, just a homey meal. I carved the roast beef in the kitchen and began to load up a generous platter. My jaw dropped when I saw how rare the meat was. Now personally I enjoy beef rare but I wasn't sure everyone would share my taste. There wasn't too much I could do considering everyone was seated and very hungry. Thank goodness for the dimmer switch.