I'm a very busy working mother of two. I work for a local cheese farm but spent many years in the mental health field. I work on developing dips, spreads and cheese balls for our farm to mass produce. I have a degree in Psychology but would someday love to go to culinary school! I'm married and grew up in the military and have lived literally all over the world. I started cooking at age 6 or 7, helping my dad with Sat. morning breakfasts. By age 14 or 15 I was typically responsible for starting dinner before my parents got home from work.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new recipes but steer away from seafood. Only my daughter cares for it. My husband is a casserole sort of guy so I'm always looking for new, delicious casserole recipes. I like to make appetizers especially and will dabble in desserts too. I like to put meals in the crock pot because that simplifies trying to get a meal on the table at night when we've got activities and church to get to.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Usually for the holidays, I still help my mother, who I credit my cooking skills to. She's the bomb!! We love to look at, buy and swap cookbooks. We actually get excited when we find a good new one! We always have ham at Easter too.
My cooking triumphs
I won a regional baking contest for Girl Scouts at age 8! I love to know that people enjoy what I make, so getting positive feed-back makes me feel truimphant. I'm known at my church as "the great cook." The first lasagna I ever made turned out so great I took a photo of it!! I must brag that my chili is renowned amongst my friends and I make a pretty mean pork BBQ in my crock pot!
My cooking tragedies
Well, there have been quite a few over the years!! :) My husband will usually say something like, "It was good but you don't have to make it again." That's when I know I made a stinker! Just last night I tried a low-carb pizza dough.....blech! It was like a piece of rubber and wouldn't roll out! Once, for my Sunday School class, I tried to microwave a cake in my stoneware fluted cake pan. I don't have a turntable microwave, so I kept having to rotate it every few minutes. It was hard and dry on part of it, and not cooked at all on the other part! I haven't yet mastered my mother's potato salad either. It's a recipe passed down from her mother and is so delicious. When I tried it, with my sister's help I might add, it turned out mushy!