I cook for a family of six and I'm so lucky that they're not too picky. We like unusual AND traditional foods, so we try everything once! My kids are following in my footsteps by entering foods in the Washington County Fair, one of the biggest county fairs in PA -- and they're winning ribbons!
My favorite things to cook
Although I don't care for sweets, I love baking! From my blue-ribbon-winning carrot cake to peanut butter bars to luscious sweet potato pan rolls, there's no kind of baking that I don't enjoy! I also love to create hearty soups and stews -- they're different every time, but my family always loves them!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving Dinner is the richest, most memory-packed day for me each year. We always celebrated at my late Grandma's house, who was an incredible cook and is my inspiration. I would do anything to put a beautiful, traditional meal on the table each Thanksgiving Day because I am so thankful for my husband and children.
My cooking triumphs
My blue ribbons for my carrot cake and banana cake are my proudest achievements, as our county fair is extremely competitive! I've won many other ribbons in the years I've been baking for the fair. Also, learning to make yeast breads and rolls was a real accomplishment years ago as a young mom. My children will always remember their unique birthday cakes, cut, shaped and decorated especially as they requested when they were small, without the use of any special pans or instructions. Our second daughter still looks at the pictures of her early birthdays, especially her Rainbow Brite cake which she asked for at the age of two, and she is now 21! The 24-year-old counts My Little Pony as her favorite cake. (They were 80's babies, of course!)
My cooking tragedies
Once I mixed a double recipe of creampuffs which would not puff THREE DIFFERENT TIMES before I realized that I was doubling everything except the eggs! That's one I didn't share with my husband -- all those eggs wasted!