My favorite things to cook
I love trying new recipes. Everyone in my family has different tastes - my son is very particular and my husband dislikes a lot of things that I love, and I like to have the challenge of creating a meal everyone will enjoy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Valentine's Day, my mom makes a delicious dessert called Berries on a Cloud. I've never attempted it, but I'm looking forward to trying it someday. On St. Patrick's Day we make corned beef, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. On Christmas Eve my mom invites us to dinner and we have Shephard's Pie, Peas On Earth, and Good Will Tomatoes.
My cooking triumphs
Several times, my father in law was so impressed with my meal that he actually started applauding at the table. If that doesn't boost someone's self-esteem, I don't know what will. :)
My cooking tragedies
When I was expecting my daughter and suffering from "pregnancy brain", I got a little mixed up while making a white sauce for pasta. I was supposed to strain out the black peppers, onion chunks, etc. and be left with a smooth white sauce. Instead, I dumped the sauce into a sieve that was over the sink. I had a sieve full of onion pieces, bay leaves, and herbs...meanwhile, my creamy, smooth white sauce was going down the drain.