There's a little tin sign in my kitchen that reads: "Spice a dish with love, and it pleases every palate." Unless the dish is The Turkey Taco Meatloaf(see tragedies - below). There just ain't enough love in the world for that!
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE to bake. I don't do fancy decorated cakes or anything like that, just breads and cookies and sheet cakes and such, but I absolutely enjoy every second I spend in my kitchen baking. I also really like to make party foods - little nibbles and dips, etc. I know that's weird, but there it is.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Throughout my life, food has always been at the center of every family celebration - our family had so many cooking rituals and traditions that I just can't choose favorites.
My cooking triumphs
Any time my family or friends truly enjoy something I've cooked is a triumph for me. Food = love.
My cooking tragedies
The Turkey Taco Meatloaf - one of the first recipes I found on my own & the first I ever tried to make. It was lumpy and oblong, and somehow managed to be dry as a cinder in the middle yet completely raw in random spots around the outside edges. My poor husband tried to choke it down, bless his chivalrous little heart, but I just couldn't - we ended up ordering pizza. Now, more than twenty years later, when my husband asks what's for dinner & I don't feel like cooking I'll answer "taco meatloaf". He will usually have the truck fired up & pointed towards a restaurant before I can even grab my shoes!