I am a retired young 47 yr old. Now retired due to carpal tunnel, I am working on a Down Home with Love Cookbook for my family and friends for Christmas for 2006.
The cookbook keeps my hands moving and me busy. I checked out over 150 books from the Denver Library System for recipes, then discovered the wonderful world of Recipes Online. I have many sites but Allrecipes I just discovered and am excited to get lost in the recipe sections.
I have been cooking since I was 8 yrs old and in 4-H Club. My highest ribbon was Reserve Grand Champion for an Angel Food Cake when I was 11.
I love cooking for people, but cooking for myself is a drag, so even on my tight budget, I'll whip up dishes to take to every event I am invited to.
I come from German grandmothers and was a sponge around them learning all I could.
My favorite things to cook
Foods that make people feel homey and comfortable. I have a homemade Potato Soup my family asks me to make every Christmas.
I myself love to stir-fry at home when I have all the vegetables on hand. It's so great to be able to experiment with different veggies.
I have to admit I miss cooking for my family of 5 when growing up. Fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes and cream gravy. Good old fashioned roast with potatoes, onions, carrots and roast gravy. In later years an ex-boyfriend turned me onto putting cabbage chunks on the top for extra flavor.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up my mom would leave messages at noon hour for me when I got home from school "Use your imagination for supper" and I always started with onions, green pepper and mushrooms.
Meatloaves, meatballs, hamburger casseroles, I tried it.
My cooking triumphs
My homemade Potato Soup. My first try at a Chicken soup with vegetables was a smash at the Oct. birthday party and my mom's new cake find I adjusted with an added 12 oz. can of fruit and juice for the altitude and it went fast. I made it 3 weeks later and the man of honor took the rest home for his neices and nephews.
I have a special layered potato salad that goes over good in Kansas but not so good in Denver. I think its the cottage cheese.
My cooking tragedies
Ever tried to start with a great recipe and make a few substitutions and end up with something so bad the dog would not even taste it. Been there a couple of times. Most of my disasters have been me cooking for me so not to many find out. Except the time I cooked chili in 1985 and made myself and my sis-in-law both ill. Never did find out why. I buy my chili in a can now. Or go to Wendy's!