I wasn't born in the south, but I got here as quickly as I could. I've always loved to cook and I adore having a housefull of people to cook for.
My favorite things to cook
Baking pretty much anything. I am famous for my butternut squash soup, caramel apple salad, and jello pretzel salad.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Doesn't even involve me cooking! My mom and sister would make my great aunt's pineapple zuchini bread on Thanksgiving morning. I'd wake up to smell it baking. Yum. (this was especially comforting when I was in college- the smell of it WAS coming home!)
My cooking triumphs
The knowledge to pace myself. I make ahead what I can and freeze it to be warmed the day of a party or holiday so that I can spend my time with family and friends instead of in the kitchen.
My cooking tragedies
Not having a double oven! (yet!)