I'm a busy Southern wife married to a hard-working construction man. I'm a veterinarian, and my "children" include 2 cats and several dogs. I am confident that my family will expand in the future, and that includes the 2 and 4 leg variety!
I enjoy cooking and baking, and I often get into cooking moods. Since my husband works out of town, I rarely cook during the week (unless the mood strikes me!). Otherwise, I try to find a balance of creating meals for just the two of us without having tons of leftovers. Since my hubby is a hearty eater, I rarely have that problem!
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new things; however, my husband is very much a meat & potatoes man. His palate has expanded since we have been married, but I still tend to prepare a lot of Southern basics: baked/fried meats, vegetable sides, simple soups, etc. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but when I want something different, it's usually just for myself.
We both enjoy Mexican dishes though, so I do a lot of enchiladas, tacos, chile, and taco soup. I love Italian as well, and one of my favorites is fettuccine alfredo. I rarely make it though since my hubby prefers red sauce based dishes. One batch of alfredo sauce is way too fattening for one person! But I can deal with spaghetti and lasagne :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My staple dish that I have made for every Thanksgiving and Christmas since high school has been baked macaroni and cheese. I use the recipe off the side of an old Creamette elbow macaroni box my mom had for ages. I add a little more cheese than it calls for, but it is otherwise a simple but delish recipe.
My cooking triumphs
Like many daughters, I have always wanted to cook as good as my mother. My mom is an awesome cook from south Louisiana, and there was nothing she made that didn't taste heavenly. She rarely used a recipe and could whip something up off the top of her head. Her dishes were always full of flavor, and I cannot remember a time when she ever ruined a dish.
I learned a lot about cooking from her, and I was very nervous about my cooking skills when I first married. My husband I didn't care about. It was my mother I wanted to please! She was very critical of food, and I knew that if she liked it, then it was actually good. My biggest triumph was when my mom consistently approved of and requested my dishes. Even my dad confided in me that he liked a lot of my dishes better than my mom's-but never tell her that!!!
My cooking tragedies
Though I usually do pretty well in the kitchen, there have been some disasters. My first time making gravy turned out great. It was made from hamburger steak pan drippings, and even my husband, who doesn't like gravy, enjoyed it. The very next week I made it again, and it curdled and burned something awful! I don't know what I did wrong, but it was a huge mess. To make matters worse, my hubby's friend stopped by and saw the mess on the stove. He made a comment about there being an "art" to making gravy. I was so embarrassed!
My other disaster was last year. I made a tiramisu cake from this website for Christmas, and I followed the suggestions from the reviewers. It was a disgusting mess. It was another embarrassment, especially since I served it to my family. It mushed to pieces, and the layers slid off after sitting in the fridge during dinner. I almost chucked the thing in the garbage, but I didn't want to waste food!