Growing up with a dad who is an archaeologist, I have lived in Central America, England, the Midwest and finally Texas. I have been a flight attendant since 1992 for Southwest Airlines and have my bachelor's degree in British Literature from the University of Texas - HOOK 'EM HORNS! I have two beautiful children and we live out in the country on a 220-acre cotton farm. My husband and I own the local newspaper that comes out once a week and I have a recipe column in it that I share my favorite recipes. I try to share easy recipes to show folks that healthy cooking from scratch doesn't have to be a complicated process.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake my family's bread - English muffins, white bread, whole wheat, rye, cinnamon rolls, etc., etc. I have a great weakness for Indian food - I absolutely adore curries. My family (even the 13-month old) gobbles them up whenever I cook them. I also love to cook comfort foods - chicken soup, rice pudding, chili, pot roast...I have lots of happy memories that involve food when growing up and want to create those same types of memories for my brood.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I started cooking when I was 9 years old. That summer, my mom let me make out the menu for Tuesday night supper, figure out the grocery list and then go grocery shopping for my dinners. It was a great experience and I was quite an accomplished cook by the time I graduated from high school. Most girls know how to bake but cooking everyday meals has proved elusive for many women and in the end, I think many a woman has poisoned her family and killed her husband through her cooking skills or lack thereof! My 5-year old daughter can already fix egg salad and helps with many tasks in the kitchen. My goal for both children is to have them walk out of the door proficient in their cooking skills when they head off for college.
My cooking triumphs
People love my cinnamon rolls as well as my orange breakfast rolls. I love working with yeast and have fun experimenting with it!
My cooking tragedies
Can't think of anything too disasterous right off the top of my head. I know there are times that things aren't as great as they could be, but an absolute cooking tragedy, I can't think of one besides nearly burning the apartment down while steaming a cauliflower and letting it go dry one time...the smell of burnt cauliflower is something that lingers on forever...