I love to eat good food. Until recently, I had a live in personal chef... but now I have to cook myself.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy baking anything banana. I also like to can tomatoes from my garden. I want to build a solid repertoire of tasty, inexpensive and easy to prepare weekday meals that are "clean".
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always cook the turkey, using my mom's recipe. Since she liked to switch it up a little, I don't feel bad making little changes to her basic recipe. But the basic recipe is the always same: butter, eggs, apple, celery and onion accompany the usual seasonings in her dressing, but I change it up with adding other ingredients, trying different bread combinations, or throwing in some white wine, apple cider, or both!
My cooking triumphs
Any improvisation that turns out is a triumph. I recently (today) pulled prime rib that actually turned out to be pork. There was this time I made ribs in the slow cooker...I didn't have enough sauce, so I threw in a bunch of stuff to supplement store bought. Of course, I have never been able to duplicate the recipe, and have never lived it down (my ex-personal chef liked to remind me often).
My cooking tragedies
When I was a teenager, I would make KD for my sister and I, and I invariably boiled the pasta over every. single. time. At least I am consistent (rib sauce aside). I also liked to make pizza from scratch, except it never turned out. Dinner was always undercooked, but my parents were always graciously tolerant. Recently I made a sesame chicken recipe that reviewers had raved about. I must have done something seriously wrong because mine tasted very sour. I think I forgot sugar, used seasoned rice vinegar and sesame oil for cooking (recipe called for canola). It was still edible. ;)