I'm a reference librarian living on the space coast of Florida. For me, cooking is a hobby and a pleasure. I've been blessed with a wonderful husband who is willing to try anything that I attempt to cook! I confess to having an addiction to reading cookbooks -- although, when it comes right down to it, I most often do my cooking from AllRecipes. I've found the reviews to be amazingly valuable, and the huge variety of recipes never ceases to astound me.
My favorite things to cook
I really love using my slow cooker and making comfort food like casseroles and desserts. I also have a small herb garden in my backyard, and I've been working on learning how to cook with fresh herbs.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I can't remember a time in my life when I haven't been cooking. My mother and grandmothers were always wonderful about including me in the cooking process, even when I was very young. I don't have children of my own yet, but if I am blessed with them some day, I want to carry on those teaching, loving kinds of moments.
My cooking triumphs
I'm always thrilled when we have just a couple of close friends over for dinner and everything turns out just right. While I try not to be big-headed, it always feels nice to be complimented on your cooking.
My cooking tragedies
Never cook in the semi-dark, and try not to cook when you've got a head cold that takes away your sense of smell -- I once put liquid smoke in a recipe for a lime Jell-O salad. I meant to use vanilla instead, of course. Lesson learned. Read the label. :)