Retired, wife, mother of two, stepmother of two, Nana of four with one more coming soon. I've been cooking since an early age and come from a family of good cooks. All things 'food' fascinate me, and I'm always trying something new in the kitchen. I suffer from perfectionism, so sometimes I may not think a meal, dish or dessert turned out well but those eating it still love it. I just keep on pursuing.
My favorite things to cook
Always willing to try anything within reason, I'm no Anthony Bourdain! Fresh foods from the garden or local are at the top of the list. My husband and I love to haul out the smoker and put it to good use for parties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Although there are many good cooks in the family, I am not sure we have any strong family traditions for food. My husband and I have a little homesteading in our blood from a stint in MT, we make our own and stay away from processed as often as possible. For example we've made/make bread, pickled items, salsa, jams, candy, jerky, butter, sausage, raised chickens for eggs, grown wheat & milled for flour, grown hops, beer (husband is a Master Brewer), wine and I cook special diet for my dog.
My cooking triumphs
Created/baked/decorated and replica of my parents wedding cake from 1963 for their 50th anniversary party. I made three practice cakes first, then traveled to location of party and stayed up late night before decorating. I amazed myself that time!
My cooking tragedies
Oh gosh, you can't learn with out tragedies! There have been many, but I've never burned anything down or sent anyone to the hospital. I've dropped things, burned things, forgotten to turn on things, over cooked, under cooked etc. It happens.