I live in Central Florida and am currently enrolled in Cosmetology school. I checked into culinary school, but it was a little too expensive. I love to collect recipes and cookbooks and am always looking to try something new. I have two boys 14 and 10 and am recently divorced. I enjoy traveling, theme parks, the beach and movies. I'd love to own my own catering business someday.
My favorite things to cook
I love seafood, italian foods, meat and potatoes. I love marinades and brines. When I joined this sight I claimed "I do NOT like to bake!"....I have since found I don't hate it and have been successful with breads, muffins and even an apple pie and blueberry crisp.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always baked cookies and desserts around Christmas. I have fond memories of her chicken cacciatore she made me every year on my birthday. I grew up with weeknight dinners consiting of baked chicken, a starch and a veggie. Bigger meals were prepared on weekends.
My cooking triumphs
I made chicken and dumplings from scratch that were awesome! Christmas 2006 I made a fresh ham which was a first for me, came out wonderful! Thanksgiving 2006 I discovered a wonderful recipe on here for a pumpkin roll and it was a hit and I hate to bake (see above). Made a very good chicken stirfry on my first attempt. When I met my now husband in 2003 (since divorced), I made him a birthday dinner of shrimp and scallops that was very impressive.
My cooking tragedies
This is my second and last marriage;(should have made the first one the last) however, when I first married my ex-husband, I wanted to create a special, romantic meal of cornish game hens, crisp green beans and wild rice. Being young and never having cooked a "bird", I was totally grossed out with cleaning the cavity of the bird to begin with, not to mention the meat was gummy and icky! We both admitted it was not the meal I intended it to be, but it left us with a funny memory. We ditched the meal and went out for wings and beer, not romantic, but edible.