I am a mom of 3 kids (4 if you include my husband!). I teach at the elementary level. My earliest memory of cooking was around 9 years old. I saw a cooking show on PBS and copied the recipe down. I made dinner that night for my family. I am one of those cooks who does not really measure or follow a recipe to the 't.'
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE to bake. I love to eat the baked goodies, too, so I have to limit how much I do. I like to try new recipes for dinner. My family loves Mexican food, so I am always searching for great recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year for Christmas, I try to come up with a new menu. My extended family is always eager to taste my latest feast. My step-dads' family is Italian, so a lot of my standards come from that experience.
My cooking triumphs
Christmas dinner this year was a beef tenderloin roast. Filet mignon, that is! I was terrified that I would ruin this beautiful, expensive piece of meat. I got a recipe from this site that was nirvana! My kids beg me to make it again. I have to tell them that we are not rich people- we cant cook like that all the time!
My cooking tragedies
I was making a wedding cake for a family member. I had a fabulous banana cake recipe with cream cheese frosting (lick the plate good). I mixed it, put it in the oven, and it never fully cooked all the way through. The center fell and was all doughy. Fortunately, I did it a few days in advance so I could make another one (out of a box cake mix). And it was very good.