My name is Gina. I'm mother to two adorable little ones, Beau Douglas and Lily Grace. I come from a long line of women who loved to cook and share recipes. I especially love to experiment for my picky eaters, i.e. husband and son. One of my goals in life is to show my husband, Brett, that squash of all kinds can be really delicious. I'm a self proclaimed sushi-holic.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy experimenting with recipes and I'm very intrigued by the different cuisines of the world. I love cooking recipes that have come down through generations of families. I'm Pennsylvania Dutch and Italian so I love learning what my ancestors made to appease their masses. I don't necessarily have a sweet tooth but for some reason i love to bake sweets.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We must always have a chess pie during the holidays. Oyster casserole has become a tradition over the years during Thanksgiving. Real macaroni and cheese has become the all time family favorite over the years.
My cooking triumphs
I hosted my first Thanksgiving a few years ago. It went off almost without a hitch. I had the macaroni and cheese baking uncovered underneath an apple pie in my oven. The apple pie dripped a bit into the mac and cheese but it still tasted great. Consequently, my Mother-in-Law said that a slice of cheddar over a piece of apple pie is one of her favorite treats. I still haven't tried that one yet.
My cooking tragedies
I have yet to burn the standing rib roast or set the turkey afire. I made a big pot of rice and beans a few months ago that turned out horribly. It got ignored and sat in the fridge for a couple of weeks until I finally chucked it. I guess I thought that if I let the rice and beans hang out in the fridge for a while then I hadn't made it in vain. How did I mess up rice and beans?? Don't ask. Other than that my royal cooking screw-up must be somewhere in the near future.