First and foremost, I wholeheartedly believe healthy eating starts with raw ingredients! I have three teenagers - my own two children, and a foreign exchange student from Japan who is living with us for this school year. The heart of our home is the dinner table...I involve the kids in planning weekly meals, grocery shopping, and cooking. The kids all love to cook and are filling their own personal recipe books with tried and true favorites and building their own culinary repertoire! We have traveled the world with the military, and love trying all types of new foods.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make tapas and appetizers -- small dishes are fantastic because they are easy to prepare and make for fun party food, especially during football season. I also enjoy cooking Asian foods (particularly Japanese and Thai), fish (mostly salmon), soups and pastas. I'm venturing into Vietnamese, Mexican and Indian dishes. We're a very active and busy family, so recipes that use healthy ingredients, resulting in comfort (heart-of-the-home) dishes, are what we love to try!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anything that involves family-in-the-kitchen is a favorite time for me. We are huge football fans, so kitchen and football go hand in hand to us. I'm also a fan of holiday meals because these are occasions where my siblings and parents meet for huge culinary fests that stray from tradition (anything from turkey to sushi) and bring forth new recipes to add to each of our own collections.
My cooking triumphs
Discovering this site and all the 5-star recipes! The "comfort" factor of foods is very important to me, so if I find a dish that speaks to us enough to keep the recipe in our repertoire, it's a success!!
My cooking tragedies
I went through a phase of cooking cream-based soups, and was so excited to discover a tomato bisque that I was 100% sure my nieces would love. Proudly made it for them one holiday season, only to have my oldest niece (then 5) taste it, turn to her mom (my sister), shake her head, and ask for Cambell's tomato soup (made with milk, of course). Showed up by processed...sigh...