I'm married with a 19 year old son and 8 year old daughter. The two of them keep me busy. As a child and teenager I loved ballet, but I stopped dancing around 16. I still love to watch, but if I tried to do that now it would not be pretty. Growing up in South Florida gave me an appreciation for a varity of cultrals and their traditons. Especially Cuban, Puerto Rican and Caribbean(too many islands to name)food. There was a fair share of New Yorkers around and they taught me to appreciate blintzes, good bagels, golabki(stuffed cabbage) and good chinese food.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new things and I am constantly springing new dishes on my family. I especially love my chicken enchiladas, served with mexican rice and tostones, yum. I love cooking comfort food as well like fried chicken, round steak and gravy, collards, tomato gravy over grits, black eyed peas, oxtails, catfish. Those foods take me back to my childhood.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Whenever any of us come to visit my Mother we have a comfort meal together. The holidays consist of the normal things turkey, ham, greens, green beans, baked mac'n cheese, dressing, etc. When I lived in NC, I would fix tomato gravy, grits and biscuits for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas for my neighbor. Before I moved away I had to teach her how to do it.
My cooking triumphs
About 13 years ago my Mother had major surgery 8 days before Thanksgiving. Normally I come over the night before and chop all the veggies. Help snap beans or wash Collards. Then my Mother will prepare and stuff the turkey and start the giblet gravy. She also gets started on several other dishes before I arrive to help. I bring my baked mac and cheese with me.Due to her surgery I had to prepare the entire meal myself for a family of 13. Everything turned out delicious. But I was happy to hand the reigns back over to Mommy the following year.
My cooking tragedies
I am not a strong baker, but all things I've baked have been decent. I've only had two things that were just inedible. In 1989 I made a spinach casserole that consisted of spinach, mayo, cream cheese and nutmeg. After one bite the rest went in the trash. Eight years ago I made a sauce of butter and bread crumbs to serve over pasta. I'm not sure, but I think my mistake was not using fresh breadcrumbs. I used boxed ones. And it was disgusting.