I'm a farily young, (or at least I like to think so),mom of five young kiddos. I have lived all over the United States and enjoyed a great variety of cuisine. I love to cook but have a very picky hubby and will sometimes cater to his pickiness by leaving out certain ingredients. Most of the time, however, I try to leave everything in as is written in the recipe so that my kids won't become picky like him. I am also an avid fitness maniac. I teach group fitness and I am also a certified personal trainer. Although I know what I am supposed to eat, I sometimes eat the exact opposite. I work out extra hard when I give in to my sweet tooth!
My favorite things to cook
I am a seasonal person. When it's scorching hot outside I love to make big crisp salads and fruit filled desserts. When it's cold, nothing beats a beautiful hot soup with warm from the oven breads or rolls. I love to experiment and cook recipes with ingredients that I am unfamiliar with. I have a brother who lived in Japan and brought me whole new ideas in cooking. I also have a brother who lived in Russia and brought home with him incredible soups and crepes recipes. I love making food that is traditionally made in other countries. There is so much more out there than just casseroles!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I would like to say that I love cooking with my children the way my Mom cooked with me but that would be a big lie! I don't have the patience I guess, so instead I let them color at the counter and watch me cook. This is very comforting and has become a wonderful tradition. The younger kids color in their books and the older ones do their homework while the kitchen slowly fills with warm delicious scents.
My mom taught me how to make unbelievable cranberry coffee cakes that our family enjoys at Christmas. They are a lot of work but well worth it in the end. My family also eats a lot of casserole. It's cheap. It's savory. It's filling. So I try to find the best tasting and fastest to make casserole recipes that I can. We go through a lot of cans of cream of chicken and mushroom soup!
My cooking triumphs
My cooking triumph was not creating the best cinnamon rolls ever! One day I decided that I had to be really good at cooking at least one thing. Something that people would tell each other, "Wow, have you had her cinnamon rolls? They are sooooo good!" Well I did create an excellent recipe for cinnamon rolls, but in my quest, I had tried so many different cinnamon roll recipe ideas, that now I can't even look at another cinnamon roll! I get sick just smelling the Cinnabonn store when I'm at the mall!
So now I am on a quest to create the best bread pudding. So far I can make a really good one, but I want it to be the best!
My cooking tragedies
My mom makes beautiful cranberry coffee cakes for the holidays. They are just scrumptious and a really special treat for my family especially on Christmas morning. I decided to learn how to make them for my own family. Well, these coffee cakes take forever to put together. So, here I had worked all day making them and I was so excited that I could bake something so wonderful! I bragged to the family about how great these coffee cakes were going to be and jokingly even told my mom that I would soon be a better baker than her.
I set them on the stove to cool. That night I decided to heat up a can of soup and turned on the wrong burner. I was in the other room when something smelled smokey. I went to check on what was happening, and there was one of my beautiful coffee cakes with a nice stream of black smoke coming out of it! ALWAYS check which burner you are turning on!