My favorite things to cook
My absolute favorite thing to do in the kitchen is to bake and make various desserts and candy. I love to bake cookies, cakes, muffins and just about anything yummy! I love Christmas because it gives me an excuse to bake a million cookies and make lots of different candy.
I prefer (and I am better at) cooking ethnic foods and unusual dishes or casseroles to traditional fare (I still haven't mastered basic fried chicken!). I love to make soups, chili and stews from scratch in the winter time. Cha Cha's White Chicken Chili is probably my FAVORITE recipe on this website! YUM! In the summer I like salads, especially fatoosh, tabouleh, various spinach salads, zuchini dishes and of course grilling just about everything from salmon to cabbage!
My favorite family cooking traditions
We like to bake and decorate cookies at Christmas. We like to make our own pizza/calzones dough and everyone in the family gets to choose their own fillings/toppings. We also have "taco night" and although the kids prefer the traditional taco, we occasionally try different taco recipes such as fish, chicken or black bean tacos from this site to add some variety.
My cooking triumphs
I made the The House Fried Rice & Honey Grilled Chicken from this website one night for me and my three kids. It was the first time I had used the gas grill too! Everything tasted so good!
I also made the Pumpkin Cheesecake with the Gingersnap Crust from Allrecipes a couple years ago for Thanksgiving and even though it was my first cheesecake, it came out perfect!
My cooking tragedies
When my husband I were newlyweds I was a vegetarian. I once tried to make a Tofu meatloaf. It was so incredibly gross. He teased me about it for years!