I've been married since 1990 and I am the mother of a son and daughter. My husband and I used to cook most meals together (read - before the kids came along!), but I do the majority of it now. I love to cook, and I was a consultant for a company that sells cooking utensils/products for 5 years. Most days my 3 year old thinks I'm trying to poison her, but I do hear "Mom, you're the best cook" quite often. I have a very appreciative husband, and luckily, my family is quite willing to try whatever I make.
My favorite things to cook
I have a few recipes that are my absolute favorite, and will make those on a regular basis. My husband would say that I have perfected the way I cook chicken. For company, I love to wow people with my recipe for Pork Medallions done on the barbeque. My son even requested it for his 8th birthday dinner when I was sure he wanted hot dogs! Honestly, whenever I make something that the whole family loves and raves about, then that is my new favorite thing to cook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always make my mother's stuffing whenever I do a turkey. She's been gone a long time, but I can still picture her sitting with the big pot on her lap tearing bread. I can't cook a turkey like hers, but the stuffing is just as good. I don't have a lot of family recipes, but I have a lot of memories from get-togethers that I share with my kids.
My cooking triumphs
Whenever my husband is required to bring a dish to his workplace, I get a request for Pumpkin cake. I will get reminder calls every day leading up to the occasion so I won't forget to make it. People who only like carrot cake are hesitant to try my pumpkin cake, but after the third piece they ask for the recipe.
I also get calls from girlfriends for cooking advice or recipes all the time. That is a great compliment!
My cooking tragedies
Shortly after my husband and I were married, I decided to try a Thai recipe. Fifteen years later, my husband still remembers and tells the story of how I made him eat spaghetti with peanut butter sauce!