I have three kids who love home cooked meals. Theyl enjoy it when I try new recipes and also make the tried and true.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new recipes so I cook a lot of different things. In the summer I like to make things light and I love to grill. Using all of the fresh vegetables and fruits is a must. I like (try to) incorporate vegetarian recipes and fresh fish every week. In the fall and winter I love to make comfort foods. We also love soups and chili so those are two staples in the winter. I also love to bake and love experimenting with new things. My kids love cookies so we make many different kinds. Fall baking is great with a lot of pumpkin and apple recipes. In the summer we make a lot of great desserts with fresh fruit.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have many favorite traditions that invole my kids in the kitchen. Saturday morning breakfasts, baking pumpkin muffins on Thanksgiving morning while watching the Macy's parade with my kids (this is my favorite!). Baking Christmas cookies and Christmas morning breakfast. Making greek easter cookies and baking a lamb or bunny cake. Halloween goodies...decorated sugar cookies and halloween cupcakes. Also dinner on Halloween...always something simple but creepy! Another favorite is our Valentine's Day dinner. I think this is the kids favorite. Always individual heart shaped meatloaf, mashed potatoes and salad. For dessert heart shaped mini brownies with chocolate frosting and valentine sprinkles. And of course a home made cake on everyones birthday. Whatever they choose is what I bake.
My cooking triumphs
I'd have to say making a good a pie crust and preparing ethnic food. I love to make Greek food and pastries so this would be a triumph to me. Anything my YiaYia (Grandma) made that I make now I am proud of. I also try to bake with whole grains so this is a work in progress. I have found quite a few healthy delicious recipes that work.
My cooking tragedies
Anytime I bake bread or anything else for that matter and it sticks to the bottom of the pan it is a disappointment for me. I have also had a couple of grilling tragedies until I finally (I think) have somewhat begun to master the grill instead of it mastering me.