I'm a wife and mother of 3 adopted children. I own a medium sized insurance agency with my husband who is a silent parnter). I've loved cooking since a very early age and learned everything I know from my German grandma who was a phenomenal cook and baker!
My favorite things to cook
I would have to say Holiday cooking is my Forte! Anything that involved new recipes and many people is my thing!! I'm almost obsessive about tryng new recipes and have never failed with a recipe that's 4-5 rated! No one in my family has ever eaten the same thing twice in my house!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking Christmas cookies with my children is a hand me down family tradition that started with my grandma. I normally start planning my holiday baking in early November. My kids each pick out a recipe, get their shopping list together and then we head to the store to buy what they need. Then I get to sit back and watch them bake while dancing to Christmas music - it's a blast!!
My cooking triumphs
I cooked a melt in your mouth prime rib on the first try!! $250 piece of meat serving 15 guests - I was a nervous wreck but boy did it turn out delicious!! I have now been dubbed the "Prime Rib" queen amongst my friends!
My cooking tragedies
I was trying to impress my future (now ex) mother-in-law with a homemade pot of chicken and dumpling soup. I still don't know what happened, but when I dropped the dumplings in, they quadrupled in size, globbed together and literally blew the top off of the pan. I had this gewy, gloppy mess all over the stove - at the time it was awful and terribly embarrassing! Now looking back on it,it wasn't so bad. It served her and her son right!!