I am 29 years old. I come from a fantastic parents and have 5 fantastic brothers and sisters. My Mom started teaching me how to cook when I was just a kid. By the time I was in high school, I was cooking dinner for my family. My main incentive was to get out of doing the dishes!!! I am now married and have a family of my own. John, my husband, and I have three children, Mariah (5), Taylor (4), and Ethan ("Buddy" 2). I am the only brunette in our family, my husband and the kids are all red heads! I love cooking for them, and find it very challenging!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook foods that my family will eat and not complain about! Knowing they like something I'm fixing makes me feel better about making it. Their praise is my reward!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Because our kids are still so young we do not have many cooking traditions yet. I enjoyed many traditions though from my childhood. We would make "monster cookies" for Guy Foxe Night (November English Holiday). We always had Mom's Bean Soup the day after Thanksgiving when we would go get our Christmas tree. Making Christmas sugar cut-out cookies with Grandma was a favorite also. Mom also would have us help her make apple pies every Thanksgiving to take to all our neighbors. We made tons of pies and then had so much fun delivering them on Thanksgiving morning to all the neighbors.
My cooking triumphs
I believe that I have mastered my Mom's recipe for apple pie! I have even sold these pies during the holidays.
Everyday that I serve a hot meal to my family and they say that they like it is a triumph! (My children can be very picky!)
My cooking tragedies
I think that getting stuck in a rut of using the same recipes week after week is a cooking tragedy! I am hopeful that with the help of this website, I will be able to get out of the rut (even though the recipes I use now, are fantastic family traditions) and liven up our dinner times.