I am in the process of writing a cookbook depicting my family history. With input from other family members it will include pictorial progressions and personal stories about recipes as told to me over the years during times I spent with family members such as my grandmothers and great-great aunts, who were in their late 90's, and my youngest niece and nephews, ages 5 to 10, as well as other family members of all ages.
My favorite things to cook
I take after my mother when it comes to cooking in that it's not necessarily what I cook, moreover, the fact that I want whatever I cook to bring comfort and pleasure to those people that consume it. That said, I guess, in most cases, my favorite genre of cooking would be deserts.. I started baking when I was around 10 or so and have been doing so for more than 40 years now. Although I started out with baking, now I enjoy cooking the entire meal with all it's courses. I want every little detail just so...
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition, other than the typical Christmas and Thanksgiving Holidays of my childhood, would be when my maternal Grandparents, each of my two maternal Aunts and their families and my parents,my brother and myself would all spend the summer together at the cabins on Lake Harris in Leesburgh, Fl and would have fish fries with all the trimmings including our special homemade ice cream!
My cooking triumphs
Well, I guess you would probably have to ask the opinions of the people who ate my cooking. But I would venture to say that my most requested foods have always been my Island Broiled Chicken, Broccoli Salad, Twice Baked Potatoes and my Carrot Cake. (At least, that's my most requested non-seasonal foods.)
My cooking tragedies
Well, I don't know if you call it a tragedy, but clearly one of the stupidest cooking mistakes I ever made was when I was about 16 years old and I decided to have my first dinner party. Everything went as planned except that I thought the Iceberg lettuce wasn't green enough so...not only did I add several drops of green food coloring to the lettuce, I actually tossed it and served it to the guest. We all had a good laugh at that!