I grew up in a cooking household. Today I'm a working Mom with two teens - one at home and one away at college. Lately I've been trying lots of recipes for granola bars - something that ships well and is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
My favorite things to cook
Baking - because it's not something I do every day - cookies, cakes, cobblers, muffins, and our favorite apricot scones.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making Christmas cookies... also hosting big family holiday dinners. Another fun tradition is New Years' Eve when we make a meal on all appetizers - my kids' favorite dinner because anything goes!
My cooking triumphs
A few years ago I made beef tenderloin for 20 people. The roast cost $80 at the local farmers market and I was terrified of ruining it! It took longer to cook than expected, and dinner was late, but it tasted great and I found it's pretty difficult to wreck such a wonderful cut of beef.
My cooking tragedies
Mistakes happen when I rush. Once while making my favorite chocolate cake (Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate recipe) I forgot to add SUGAR! It didn't rise, started to turn black, and we won't even talk about how it tasted. The kids still tease me about that one.