I have two beautiful boys, 3 1/2 and 4 mos. I love being a mom and have found over the past 6 yrs that I enjoy cooking too.
I am finding my way to flavor - garlic, herbs, sauces, salad dressings, spices, etc. I was raised cooking w/salt and pepper and made good comfort food dishes, but now I'm interested in learning about all the different combinations of flavors! I experiment every chance I get, I'm growing an herb garden this summer and can't seem to function if I'm out of olive oil anymore.
My favorite things to cook
I love making different kinds of tacos, comfort foods such as casseroles, slow cooker recipes, roasted veggies, grilling, sauces and marinades. I am now starting to make my own salad dressings, which I'm excited about. We seem to be eating healthier too, I am cooking more with fresh fruits and veggies and usually have quite a variety on hand.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Beans and Frycakes. My grandma was a cook at a college in southern California (when they used to actually make real food AND desserts at schools). My dad says she used to make a chocolate cake every day at home from scratch. Anyways, her ham and beans were delish, she used ham hocks, pink and white beans, a can of tomato sauce and onions and let it simmer all day. She then served on the side, frycakes. Years ago, she and my great-grandma would make the dough from scratch, more modernly, the dough is the frozen Bridgeford bread (let the loaves rise first), then take a chunk of dough, flatten it out and fry it in oil! Accompany with butter, syrup, jam or whatever you want. Yum. This is a combination our family still makes today. It's something we've all come to crave.
My cooking triumphs
Probably when I make my mom's enchilada pie, my entire family loves it, I've got it pretty much perfected and always double the recipe.
My cooking tragedies
I haven't had any major tragedies to talk about, probably when I've made a dessert or a dish that I was thinking would be out-of-this-world-outstanding, and everyone would love, turned out not-so-good-at-all and ended up throwing out all the left overs.