I threw a Tuscan picnic for my own birthday once because I'd been dying to have one, but couldn't get enough people interested. Since it was my birthday they had to come... they all loved it. I have a hard time getting people around me to be adventurous sometimes.
My favorite things to cook
Spinach Artichoke Dip,
Quick Breads and Muffins,
Chocolate Chip Scones,
Crab Cakes with Lemon Basil dipping sauce,
Spinach Tomato Salad served on Bruschetta,
Zuppa Toscana (everyone says mine is way better than Olive Garden's,)
Anything fudgy and dark chocolate!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Plum or Peach Dumplings,
Mom's Chocolate Butter Rum Fudge,
Using lots of garlic and onion,
Turkey in beer every year at Christmas!
My cooking triumphs
My husband loves to camp so I have learned how to pack and cook delicious food in the wild. (We do have a campstove...)
My recipe for Paradise Pancakes.
And my holiday turkey and stuffing gets better every year.
My Salmon Tacos and
Pork Tenderloin with a Blackberry Wine and Triple Sec Reduction.
My own recipe for Chicken salad which includes poaching the chicken breasts in orange juice and chicken broth with apricots. The ingredients of finished salad include: toasted pecans, chopped apricots and red grapes. It is awesome, crunchy, creamy and slightly sweet with a bit of tart.
My cooking tragedies
Having kids means burning food. I NEVER used to burn food... I waited until I was 30 to have my first child and since then I have experienced more burned or overcooked food than I ever thought possible. Part of the problem is I can tell by smell usually when stuff I am baking is done, but I get distracted by the hooligans and next thing I know...