I am a southern girl to the core. I grew up with my mother and grandmother cooking dinner together almost nightly. Unfortunately, I never learned to cook with them and am trying to teach myself. That has been met with some great success and many cooking messes. But I love it and find it very relaxing. Now... If I could just find someone else to clean those dishes...
My favorite things to cook
Anything with pasta... I'm a sucker for a good alfredo sauce, but I love most any good pasta sauce as long as it doesnt have mushrooms.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The holidays are always a special time of cooking memories for me. Growing up, my Grandmother lived with my parents and me. When I was young, my mother and Grandmother would cook often during the holidays, whether yummy casseroles, cheese straws, fruit cakes (which I have never been fond of, though I love the smell of them), and other Christmas goodies.
My cooking tragedies
One evening I decide to cook for my parents, my grandmother, and my boyfriend. I made Garlic Chicken Rollups and wanted to fix broccoli for a side. I looked at different broccoli recipes on the site and found one that sounded easy and yummy. The recipe called for sauteeing the broccoli in olive oil and sprinkling red pepper. In my inexperience, I thought the red pepper was just for color, not for flavor. Oops! My mother and grandmother nearly choked on it when they took a bite of broccoli and could not handle the spiciness... I felt just awful!!!