My favorite things to cook
My favorite thing to make is probably cookies! I have a severe sweet tooth, which isn't always a good thing. Once I think I have a favorite cookie recipe, I seem to find another.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I really love to cook with my husband. He discovered his enjoyment of cooking shortly after we married. I encouraged him to feel free to use whatever he liked in the kitchen. Since then, he's really gotten into it! We're in the kitchen together nearly every day. I like that our kids see their dad in there, creating and learning. He has his specialties now, and I have mine. We complement each other so well.
My cooking triumphs
After I learned to cook and bake basic things, I taught myself how to bake bread from scratch. It wasn't easy, but it was fun! I used to give my oldest daughter, then 3, a tiny dough ball and she would knead hers along with me. so cute! It may not seem like a huge accomplishment, but for me, it was. It gave me the confidence to try different ethnic foods, fudge and other candies, and the ever-difficult to master pie dough. If I hadn't mastered the bread, I never would've been able to go on to all those other deicious things!
My cooking tragedies
In my first year of marriage, I "cooked" chicken so long, I actually blackened the glass dish so badly that I threw it away. I had only one cookbook then, and was too ashamed to call my mother and tell her I didn't even know how to make something as basic as chicken! My obsession with recipes began after that (and my husband was so glad).