I started out as a Navy Brat, and have lived everywhere, my favorite place being Scotland. I am now a recent transplant to Arkansas, and have recently developed a small obsession with cookbooks and collecting recipes, so here I am.
My favorite things to cook
Anything on the grill. The thing I love most about summer is the near daily dinners cooked on the grill, although it is not unheard of to find me out there in rain, cold, thunderstorms, and snow, too. Kind of like the mailman.
Lately, I've really been getting into baking, I'd like to improve my skills there.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sitting down to eat it all.
Helping my mom decorate Christmas cookies.
Learning to make a new pie.
My cooking triumphs
I generally do my best when I keep things simple. I make wicked Grilled Caesar Chicken, and everyone loves my Hashbrown Casserole.
My cooking tragedies
The first ever meatloaf I made was tragic. I was 11 or 12 at the time and cooking dinner to cheer up my dad, pretending to be a chef in a restaurant with a friend of mine. I followed a recipe on a Quaker Oatmeal box, and it was awful...an inch and a half of grease floating on top! I've rarely made meatloaf since then, and never again with that recipe.