I have been married for 26 years. I love to cook and try new things.
My favorite things to cook
My husband is Italian and is used to authentic home cooked Italian meals. His mother's food is amazing and I continue to learn new things from her every time they visit. Unfortunately for me, he is a very fussy eater. This was a challenge for me, but after 26 years of practicing, my husband now says my cooking rivals some of the best food he has ever tasted.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We never use jar sauce. EVER! It is a sin in our house! Instant potatos? No! Cooking for my husband is and has been quite the challenge. He likes everything from scratch and everything home made. I work full time and he does not cook so I have slowly over the years, worn away at his demands slightly. Maybe a little more than slightly, but he still is very picky. I've found lots of shortcuts and many things that he can't even tell the difference. ( I hide the packages of instant potatos in the closet :) My biggest secret is that when I make potatoes.... I always do fresh, mashed, but I also always make extra. It only takes a couple of extra minutes to make twice as much. I freeze the leftovers and then when I want to serve mashed potatoes later in the week.... I take out the frozen REAL potatoes and if there isn't enough... I add JUST ENOUGH instant to make them stretch.
My cooking triumphs
Most people love my homemade sauce. But my personal favorite is my homemade chocolate cake. Everyone who has ever tried it always tells me how wonderful it is and ya know what? It is wonderful :)
My cooking tragedies
LOL, where do I begin. I think the worst thing I ever made was a homemade ravioli recipe I found from Pilsbury. I don't know what I was thinking when I even ever tried this recipe. It used Pilsbury dough for the ravioli dough and also cream cheese. It was absolutely terrible. I thought it was gonna be so good and I invited people over for dinner that day to show off my wonderful and creative cooking abilities.... I still get a shiver up my spine at the thought of that day. My worst meal ever!!!