I was born in Japan (military family), my mother was German and we traveled all over the place. I learned at a very young age to eat foods from all nations and at times it may be best not to ask for the recipe! :-)
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking soups and stews. I currently cook for teams of 10-40 so it's easier. I love trying to make meals filling and healthy at the same time. I have a wealth of fresh, vine ripened veggies here in Uganda so everything tastes better and is healthier.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family tradition was Christmas cookies with my mother. She started in Nov. and finished just before Christmas! We had cookies from all over the world, but especially from Germany. These were the recipes she made with her mother. She's gone now but I think of her often when I bake one of her recipes.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph was making my mother's Honey Anise cookies after she died. I was so excited at how well they turned out I sent some to my nephews. They were amazed when they opened their gifts on Christmas day because they knew grandma Rose had died! No one had made them as good as hers.
My cooking tragedies
My first yeast baking adventure at 16. I was making a brioche and mom asked if I needed help. Well, being 16 I knew everything - or so I thought! It came out of the oven and looked okay. Then we sliced it for desert. The texture was awful!! Mom asked how long I let it raise and I said, "Raise?" I put it straight in the oven without raising at all!!! We still laugh about it now, 45 years later.