I am an empty nester who likes to cook wholesome, healthy meals for myself, my friends, and my hubby. I like the outdoors and anything old or vintage.
My favorite things to cook
I like cooking with fresh vegetables and from scratch. I have some Korean dishes that I am not too bad at and I also like cooking old family favorites like three bean salad, potato salad, meatloaf and cole slaw.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother makes rice every day and that's how it was when I was a child. My father is American and so my mom learned how to cook American, too. It was kind of funny, since my mom wasn't totally aware of American customs, we ate french toast with granulated sugar and pickles with spaghetti. They both tasted fine and when I was older, I realized that those weren't exactly common American combinations.
My cooking triumphs
When my son flew the nest, I was able to make meals that consisted of something other than meat and potatoes. He did like veggies, so that wasn't a problem, but he was a very plain eater. My sister taught me to cook using concepts of flavors rather than recipes and she encouraged me to be creative. I think this philosophy has led me to be a much freer and better cook. I can also do pretty well with some cakes and pies from scratch. I also love to make homemade country desserts.
My cooking tragedies
I can't make bread worth a darn and a sour cherry pie isn't very good when you forget the sugar, which I have done 2 times!!