I like to cook for family and friends. My friends tell me I am a wonderful cook because when caught with last-minute guests, I can always create a menu that everyone seems to enjoy.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making soups, stews, and casseroles due to my very busy schedule. When I have plenty of time to prepare, I enjoy planning and making an entree with special sides.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my Mom always had different Italian specialities she prepared for every holiday--even the 4th of July. Every holiday was a time for the aunts to join in preparing their special dishes too. Those times are definetly filled with special memories!
My cooking triumphs
When I first began cooking for my family and friends, cooking triumphs were whenever I could prepare some of my late mother's recipes for which she never used precise measurements, e.g. homemade pasta and apple crisp. Today it is whenever I can make subsitions in favorite recipes to make them healthier.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt (37 yrs ago) at making my Mom's Biscotti recipe resulted in cookies that one could literally pound nails with them. this failure was exacerbated because it was the first time my husband invited fellow airmen and their spouses to our home for brunch after bragging about how well I could cook (and it was the first time I ever met his friends)! It took me several months before I could get over that embarrassment. On another occasion (34 yras ago), I was home visiting my parents at Easter. I attempted to help my mother by making the traditional rice pies while she was at work. Instead of using 2 cups of sugar in the mixture, I used 2 cups of salt! Dad was the first to try it that day. I will never forget the look on his face as he tried to swallow it. Since then an Easter doesn't go by that my husband doesn't remind me to make sure I have the sugar and not the salt.