I married my best friend in 1979. We have three children and were blessed with our first grandson in September 2005. We have lived in Cut Bank, Montana since 1983. I keep extemely busy working for an oil & gas company. Our youngest child is in high school and keeps me in check on a daily basis. I enjoy quilting, cooking, gardening and many other activities. I live by my father's motto "Try to learn something new every day". I am from a large family and enjoy family gatherings. I spend my time relaxing in my garden in the spring and summer. I make quilts in the fall and winter.
My favorite things to cook
I will try to cook almost anything. I love cooking cajun and creole dishes, barbeque, comfort foods and any dish that looks appealing. I spend countless hours reading cookbooks and especially enjoy cookbooks that tell a story about the food. I would like to think that cooking healthy is a priority but my gorgonzola macaroni & cheese can't be beat. I am excited to share my recipe and will never turn down a request to share. I feel recipes are to be enjoyed by everyone and a lost recipe that you can't quite duplicate is a tragedy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When my son was in grade school he was asked to make a recipe that pertained to agriculture. He asked me if I would help him make sweet potato rolls. We made them and when I went to the school to see his project board, he stated the reason for choosing the recipe was that he loved them and he didn't believe they contained sweet potatoes. (Boy, was he wrong). We have made the sweet potato rolls a tradition at every holiday gathering. Holiday and special occasion meals include the tradition of my family contributing a dish that they would like prepared for the meal. I found that everyone leaves the table happy. We recently started a new family tradition when my daughter and her husband returned to Cut Bank to teach grade school. We established Sunday as a time to gather over dinner. We alternate Sundays. She cooks one week, I cook the next. We all look forward to it (even our youngest daughter, the teenager).
My cooking triumphs
Cheesecake, cheesecake, cheesecake! I purchased a cheesecake cookbook many years ago and have, on occasion, mastered the art of making an edible cheesecake. I consider making cheesecake my personal triumph because I love to cook but will avoid baking at all costs.
My cooking tragedies
I was preparing a large dinner for friends and relatives. I was going to attempt a fresh strawberry pie for the occasion. I went to recipe box for my mother-in-law's "no fail" recipe. (Whoever wrote this recipe, obviously has never tried my pie)! I ambitiously made the recipe that produced 5 pie crusts. I carefully rolled out the first crust, threw it in the trash can and proceeded with the next 3 crusts in the same fashion. When I made it to the 5th and final crust and still did not have a pie crust, I was adamant that the final pie crust would be the one that made history. I carefully rolled out the last crust, and realized it would be a failure as well. In total frustration, I threw the crust against the wall. My daughter had been watching the whole fiasco. When she saw the last crust fly across the room, she calmly commented "Mom, my friend's mom uses refrigerated crust and she doesn't even have to throw the crust against the wall to make a pie." To this day, I don't attempt pie.