I plan on retiring in 2008 from a long career of Police Dispatching. I have always liked to cook since my mother got me started when I was very young but don't cook much for myself. If I were younger I would like to go to cooking school but don't wish to start on anything that intensive at this stage of life. Guess I will just experiment at home!!!
My favorite things to cook
I like to make a variety of soups and will try new recipes from magazines, newspapers, etc. I also like to make desserts that look and taste good. I can never get enough recipes for cranberries; they are one of my favorite things, I buy bags to put in the freezer for when they cannot be bought fresh. I also like to make salads of all kinds.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I tend to make the same dishes to take to family and church dinners and I also still make some of the same foods my mother used to make. Christmas and New Year's meals are the same every year except for the black eyed peas evolving into Hoppin' John dishes and the variation on how potatoes, cabbage, pork and corn bread are cooked.
My cooking triumphs
I have some recipes from my experimenting with new ones that I have used for years because they turned out to be dishes my family and friends really liked. When my granddaughter got married I did most of the food for her reception except the cake.
My cooking tragedies
I can't recall anything specific but everyone has the cooking failures. There was a jam cake I made my brother for Christmas and my sister-in-law told me was too hard to eat so they ate the icing and threw the cake away! One Christmas my homemade biscuits failed to rise, my sons-in-law laughed but ate them anyway. And once before I learned the difference in a clove and head of garlic, I used 3 heads in a large batch of baked spaghetti; it was good but everyone that ate it had terrible breath for days!!!