Growing up, I wasn't interested in cooking and my mom never encouraged me. When I got married, I had no clue what any of the "kitchen things" were that people were giving as gifts. When my daughter was born I decided I would have to learn to cook, and now, I love it! I'll try any recipe once. My daughter has grown up being a healthy eater and she isn't at all picky. Learning to cook has paid off.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite thing to cook is what my family calls a New England Boiled Dinner. We make ours with a ham, usually a picnic shoulder. I do this anytime we have snowstorm and I know we'll be stuck indoors. It warms up the whole house and fills it with a yummy smell.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a house from the Mid 1700's and we had an antique woodstove in the kitchen. In the winter, my mom would make baked beans in it and that wonderful smell would fill the whole house. I love that smell to this day, but I HATE baked beans and I won't eat them.
My cooking triumphs
I love pastisio and I have tried more than 10 different recipes, but none came out exactly the way I wanted. After much tweaking, I have finally came up with a recipe I think is perfect (for my taste at least).
My cooking tragedies
I once set my (eletric)stove on fire because I was boiling water on a burner that I had spilled some sauce on the night before. It was very embarassing when 2 firetrucks, a police officer and an abulance showed up because I had an mishap while boiling water. It was even more embarassing when my neighbors asked what happened.
I've also made peanut butter cookies that were like hockey pucks and peanut butter fudge that was like frothy spackle. Sometimes, when I'm off, I'm waaayyyyy off.