I have always had an interest in cooking, but didn't actually start until I was married in 1969. For whatever reason cooking always came naturally to me and I have always enjoyed it. I started working in the school cafeteria in grade school and continued all through high school. I took some time off to have 4 sons and then started cooking at a college and did that for 9 years. I was part owner of a pie shop in Wisconsin before we moved to Illinois where I am the Foodservice Director at Judson College. I have been here 8 years now. I do pie making classes on the side.
My favorite things to cook
Baking is probably my specialty-pies, cheesecakes and cookies would be my expertise.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Homemade pizza on Friday night-beef roast dinner with homemade dinner rolls and pie for dessert on Sunday. My kids(married and out of the house) still sometimes invite themselves over for Sunday dinner!
My cooking triumphs
My chocolate chip cookies are well known.
My cooking tragedies
The first year w ewere married I made a chocolate cake and thought the frosting tasted rather strange-I used cornstarch instead of powdered sugar-it was awful.