A family of 4: One adult with severe dairy allergy, one teen vegetarian, one adult "picky eater," and one ravenous teenage boy . . . and we all love to eat good food!
My favorite things to cook
Savory, full-flavored, and LOW WORK! I thought I loved to cook--until I married an awesome cook and my kids got old enough for me to realize that I actually just love to eat good food, and am willing to put in the effort if required to get to the good stuff. Now I like to find the best meal possible, ideally with the least chopping and peeling time. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Experiment. Take risks. Try new things. Go on a culinary world tour from our own kitchen. Embrace flavor over anything bland. Balance tastes and textures for an awesome meal. Notice layers. Cook for one another. Celebrate!
My cooking triumphs
Stuffed acorn squash. Vegan chili. Both were hurried throw-together-what-we-already-have creations that became family favorites and quickly spread to our friends as well.
My cooking tragedies
Approximately age 8: Take a slice of bread, add a slice of cheese, and top with herbs and spices. Toast. Yummy--when Daddy did it.
On my own with no instruction, though, I used all the herbs and spices I loved, all at once: garlic! Cinnamon! Basil! Cloves! Italian seasoning mix! Fennel seeds! Whatever else caught my fancy!
Daddy's was MUCH better.