I'm known for cooking many everyday meals in large quantities, as if cooking for an army or a big party! My explanation for this madness is as follows: most dishes can be divided up, then frozen or refrigerated to be served as leftovers later, so waste is really not an issue; and great food is always just minutes away thanks to the oven or microwave. Plus, it takes close to the same amount of prep and effort to make a large portion as it does a small one when initially cooking a dish. Not to mention the fact that I have always been a huge fan of leftovers!
My favorite things to cook
2. Italian cuisine
3. Mexican cuisine
6. Roast anything
7. Barbecued and grilled foods
8. Party fare
10. Summer salads
My favorite family cooking traditions
My most memorable food events are, without question, my (now-deceased) mother's buffets, both at Christmas and Easter. These are the greatest food memories for me and the traditions continue.
My cooking triumphs
1. French Onion Soup. It took years to perfect and people have always raved over it and asked for the recipe.
2. Beef Stroganoff
3. Chicken Waldorf Salad--one of my favorites
4. Chili. I've had people offer to BUY the recipe from me!
5. Pork Roast en Croute
6. Margarita Pie (this has been published in Family Circle magazine: June 2007)
7. Cornish Hens Teriyaki (my favorite entree, bar none)
8. Pesto (If marooned on a desert island, this is the one food I'd want to have with me.)
9. Lemon Tree Chicken -- killer recipe
10. My Christmas Cookie recipe collection -- the greatest!
My cooking tragedies
I once made pitifully thin gravy to accompany a beautiful roast turkey when I invited my in-laws for dinner. I was mortified! Also, my brother always tells the story of bad sausage stuffing I made one Thanksgiving. As a result I'm banned from ever making stuffing again! (Although I totally ace the giblet gravy now!)