My daughter and I have too many food sensitivities to tolerate very many boxed/forzen/canned foods, so I tend to make a lot of our meals from scratch with mostly fresh ingredients. My submitted recipes will likely be free of dairy, wheat, eggs, and many other allergens.
My favorite things to cook
Muffins, pies and cookies! Wheat-free baking can be a challenge, though. I enjoy grilling fresh veggies with just a little olive oil, & freshly ground salt & pepper.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Who wouldn't say Thanksgiving, on the whole? But in the past ten years our Thanksgivings have drastically changed, since my grandmother & grandfather have passed away. Now I'm beginning to love Christmas Eve and our homespun family traditions.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving 2008--the whole family was sick, so we couldn't travel at the last minute. We bought a pre-cooked turkey, and then I whipped up the maple carrots, stir fry sesame green beans, salt potatoes, pumpkin pie & whipped cream in about two hours by kicking my husband & kids outside for a walk. We didn't feel all that great, but it was nice to have meals for three days out of that little two-hour cooking event.
My cooking tragedies
Since 1995 I have kept a journal of Kitchen Disasters, but the one that I think tops the list sas the year we tried to grill our Thanksgiving turkey ('05). It was beyond horrific--the infusing needle kept getting clogged with herbs, so when I tried to clean it out I shot sauce all over my glasses & face; then the turkey was taller than the grill would close, so we couldn't get an accurate reading on the internal temp of the grill; it took all day to cook although we were trying something new & exciting. We also tried to bake the pumpkin pie on the grill. HA HA HA!! That was very unwise. In the end we laughed so hard that we will retell the story year after year for a good belly ache!