I'm a SAHM of 4 homeschooled kids, a devoted wife of a railroader, and I love to cook and read about cooking. My kids are inheriting my love of this, I am so thrilled about that. I have dreams of being a midwife/doula someday- that's after the kids are grown. ;) Habitat for Humanity is something I strive to help with when time permits someday too.
My favorite things to cook
I love changing up recipes into something I can call my own. Homemade Mac and Cheese of course is a family favorite, I also love doing appetizers. Chicken wings are always a hit, omelets, mashed cheesy garlic cauliflower is a new favorite. Chocolate chip cookies of any variety are so much fun to change.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes THE BEST apple pie. I much prefer pie to cake, so she often makes this for my birthday. She's in California, so I only get one every few months when she visits. She is teaching my son how to bake them, he's 4 1/2 and he loves helping Nana. She doesn't peel the apples, and has this amazing tender flaky crust that's to die for. Light on the sugar, she doesn't need it as she used Jonathan and Macintosh apples. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and a dabble of butter before she places the top crust on. Brushes the top with cream and sprinkles with sugar. Mmmmmmm.
My cooking triumphs
Prime Rib this last Christmas. Roasted in an herbed salt crust. Oh my. All natural angus beef. Medium rare for mom and my hubby, medium for the kids and I. We loved it!
My cooking tragedies
Ah, well that must be the "Barf-Stew." Just days after my husband and I were wed, I decided to be domestic and make him a crock-pot stew with some bear sausage we had. Don't ever slow cook sausage, #1. #2, don't decide to puree the carrots instead of adding them whole. You get the picture...