I am a wife, mother (both the 2legged variety & the 4legged) & grandmother who really enjoys feeding her family. All of my kids are now out of the nest though (yipppeeee!!!! I like them so much more when they don't live w/ me LOL) so I really should invest in some of the gladware stock...I buy a lot of it! I read on another cook's profile, her guidelines for stars given & thought it was helpful so here's mine...I give 5 stars to those dishes that hours later, (even days) I just can't stop thinking about how good they were; 4 stars to those that were pretty dang good but not excellent (or those dishes that were excellent w/ major modifications but not as written); 3 stars to the OK but won't make again (I have so many excellent recipes I don't repeat just OK ones); and so on. I am a member at a wonderful forum w/ other allrecipes members. We share tips, recipes, menus & life stories. If you are interested in hanging out w/ us, give me a shout ... firstname.lastname@example.org
My favorite things to cook
I specialize in down home cooking w/ a gourmet twist & I am particularly good at pairing complimentary dishes together. I love trying out new recipes & allrecipes is invaluable for that because of all the reviews. I get to learn from all of y'alls mistakes! ;o) I love soups & have them frequently (w/ a salad they are perfect warm weather dishes & w/ "fresh out of the oven" breads, they are the perfect cold weather dish). I like to bake & am just trying my hand at breads. I use a lot of wine in my cooking...it always adds such depth. I like to eat well but I am also concerned about my weight so I try to balance it all out. I almost always use lower fat ingredients (half & half for heavy cream, neufatchel for cream cheese, lower fat mayo, etc) & I am usually very pleased w/ the result.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I most enjoy cooking w/ my grandsons but my husband runs a pretty close second. He & I usually spend Saturday nights w/ a glass of wine & a new recipe. We work very well together & our dinner guests are always joking that we need to be the hosts of a show on foodnetwork. Maybe someday!
My cooking triumphs
I have been making meringues since I was 10 years old & never had any problems w/ them. I made my first homemade pecan pie @ 11 & it was pretty good. In all honesty, I have made so many wonderful dishes that there are way too many to remember, much less list.
My cooking tragedies
I have always had a tendency to overcook my meats...it is probably my greatest failing as a cook. But luckily I have pretty much overcome it.