I started cooking after my parents got divorced and my mom went to work full time. Talk about trial and error. After a while I would just figure stuff out and make things up and everyone seemed to enjoy it. When I went to college a few of my friends would ask if I would help them with a "college fancy" dinner before the various formals. It became fun, sort of like a wanna be catering service.
I like cooking. It totally relaxes me. I love giving home baked christmas items around the holidays, it's more appreciated I believe.
Lets get Cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Everything! Cept a pancake. I could make just about anything except a pancake. Can you believe that mess?
My favorite family cooking traditions
Kwaacho's. Short for Kwaanza Nacho's. Triscuits (my favorite are the rosemary & Olive oil), beef-stick summer sausage, pepper jack and monterey jack cheese, bake for about 10 min on 350.
*just happened one Christmas Eve and its been Tradition each year.
My cooking triumphs
Triple Layer Peppermint Torte Cake. I have a secret spaghetti sauce mixture that my friends are dying to get outta me.Homemade macaroni and cheese. I really need to get into the habit of measuring things, because when I pass recipes on, I dont have the amounts needed. I'm pretty good at eyeballing.
*** Learning to under cook meats because they continue to cook when off the fire.***
***Seasoning should ENHANCE natural flavors, not down them out***
My cooking tragedies
Pancakes, I tell ya. I just don't do them well. Everyone once in a while when adjusting an order it won't come out quite right, but it'll taste better than it looks. Also sometimes...."every once in a while" i might create a burnt offering unto the cooking Gods ;)