I minored in Home Economics in college. I have been cooking since 10 years of age. My mother was a great cook, and she taught me the basics of cooking. I prepared the evening meal when I was a teenager.
I collect cookbooks and recipes. My collection covers all areas of cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy preparing traditional holiday meals for my family. I also enjoy baking cakes, cobblers, and other desserts for home and church.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving is my favorite meal to prepare. My chicken cornbread dressing is my best dish. I usually prepare enough for 20 people. I also have a special pumpkin pie recipe from the Philippine Islands.
My cooking triumphs
Preparing holiday meals, helping with the food for my daughter's first wedding, and teaching my grandson's how to prepare simple meals and desserts.
My cooking tragedies
While I was preparing the dessert for my college faculty and friends, my cream puffs slid off the baking sheet and into the floor. I quickly picked them up off the "clean" floor and blew off the dust and served the puffs with chocolate pudding and creamed cream.
My worst tragedy occurred while I was cooking peas in a pressure cooker at my mother-in-law's home. The lid did not fit properly and blew up. It took some time to clean all the peas off the ceiling!