I have been cooking since a young girl. I grew up on a small farm where we raised our own vegetables, fruit, chickens, eggs, beef & pork. My father also was an avid hunter and fisherman and added wild game and fish to the dinner table. Cooking is a family passion! Most family get-to-gethers revolve around food, either preparing it or poring over cook books. I have three grown children, the two oldest are wonderful cooks. My son is the master of the bar-b-que and his sister actually makes better biscuits and gravy than I do!! My youngest daughter is still in college but is already starting her own cook book collection.
My favorite things to cook
I live in the Pacific Northwest and have access to a wide variety of fresh seafood. Seafood dishes have become my "specialty." I also enjoy the simple country dishes I grew up with, true comfort foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's parents were Russian immigrants. Her mother never wrote down a recipe so the traditional dishes she cooked are passed down verbally from one generation to the other. When my mother's family get together, we will cook a traditional Russian dinner usually consisting of borshch (beet soup) and varenika (boiled dumplings).
My cooking triumphs
I actually made a baked alaska when I was a teenager! I think I cooked almost every dish in my mother's old Betty Crocker cookbook.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made muffins as a kid, I found out the difference between baking soda and baking powder! I used used baking soda instead of powder. My muffins had a very weird taste but my father (bless his heart) ate them anyway.