I'm a recovering lawyer-turned-teacher and mother of 2 picky eaters. I've been cooking since I was 11, when my mom went back to work and my brothers and I took our turns in the kitchen. I believe that feeding people is just another way of loving them. At the moment, I'm intrigued by the idea that only eating food you LOVE will help you control your calorie intake.
My favorite things to cook
I adore baking, especially with yeast. It's a combination of growing and cooking, two of my favorite activities. Along the same lines, I've become really interested in making my own cheese, yogurt, and beer.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a typical melting pot American family (Scottish, German, Cajun, Native, French, English) and my family's cooking traditions reflect this. From latkes and Christmas stollen to grilled meats and beans prepared a zillion ways, I have a deep love and respect for food. Thanksgiving and Christmas are huge cooking holidays in my family. My classic family meal is turkey with all the trimmings -- sage stuffing, real (lumpy) mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, green bean casserole, huge yeast rolls, creamed corn, with pumpkin and mince pie for dessert. Just thinking about it makes me satisfied and sleepy...
My cooking triumphs
I enticed my husband with my cheesecake and lasagna, but he says he knew he had to marry me when I made him turkey and dressing. Most recently, my family's been loving Authentic Louisana Red Beans and Rice, Skillet Porkchops with Onions and Potatoes, and Stuffed Mushrooms. Oh, and my puff pastry actually puffs!
My cooking tragedies
Let's just not talk about divinity, ok?