I have been a full-time mom since 1993, and have learned to cook purely by research, making huge messes, and trial and disaster. I am also an artist, so everything that I do is held to extreme self-scrutiny. I am also a terrible insomniac, and will spend, literally, an entire day in the kitchen, making every detail of an upcoming family meal perfect, right down to the sauces and spreads. And I love the appreciation on my family member's faces when they take that first bite. Not something one often sees as a full-time mom... ;)
My favorite things to cook
Everything. The more complicated, the better! We almost never have the exact same thing twice. I read cookbooks, websites, reviews, and am always changing and adapting the foods that I create.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family gets together to make lefse every fall, in memory of my favorite grandmother. Lots and LOTS of lefse.