Learned everything from Mom. Like to experiment using recipe suggestions. Because I work in the city and commute 165 miles driving daily, I seldom have time to indulge my love of cooking but I am looking forward to spending more time perfecting my skills upon my retirement in about 5 years. Especially want to learn baking like Mom did (she was the pro!) Have 2 Pomeranians and a husband who eats everything and never gains a pound..hate him :-)...I am a videophile that enjoys an active church life, enjoys a good sauvignon blanc in the summer and a VSOP cognac by the fireplace in the winter!
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian, especially lasagna with my homemade sauce and Southern dishes like black eyed peas, collard greens, smothered chicken and pork chops, ribs. Also anything on the grill!
My favorite family cooking traditions
None...if it tastes good, cook it & eat it!
My cooking triumphs
My first ever roasted turkey was a fresh brined turkey with the recipe from this website...fantastic, whatta hit! Went faster than my father-in-laws fried turkey!
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make my late Mom's ricotta cheesecakes. She was a real PRO and EVERYONE loved them, even people who hate cheesecake. She used to sell them around the holidays and would always have dozens of orders. Although she left a recipe (hidden) I've tried but just cannot get the hang of it...yet, but I'll keep trying!