I'm married to a wonderful man and we have 3 children (bet you already figured that out!). My Mother and Grandmother are wonderful cooks. Growing up I remember that meal time was always one of my favorite times - great food and family together. At large family gatherings for holidays, food was always a big part of that. Now that I have a family of my own, I like to keep the importance of a nice sit-down dinner alive. We are always busy, but we make time for a dinner together at least a couple of times a week.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook Italian dishes...and my family loves to eat them! Summer is about the only time I don't make many Italian dishes, and only because it's too warm out. Once fall hits, we eat a lot of it until spring. Chicken is another thing I enjoy cooking because it's so versatile. I also like to bake cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, etc. When our girls walk in the door they savor the aroma, there is nothing like the smell of fresh baked goods to make any day even better.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of our most special things to do together is bake Christmas cookies. All the girls help in various ways for baking, then we all sit down together to decorate them. It's a tradition that started when I was a child, and I hope it's one that our children pass down to their own children.
My cooking triumphs
Years ago when we had first started our family, we had a huge garden. I used all the tomatoes to make delicious homemade spaghetti sauce. Now that things are crazy around here, we haven't had time to do a garden, but I'm hoping that someday soon I can find time to have another garden and make more sauce.
My cooking tragedies
Well...I haven't lived this down since it happened 15 years ago. I was making some sort of garlic bread in the broiler of the oven (that's when the bottom portion of the oven wasn't used for storage) and it caught on fire. My Husband and Mother still discuss this event with great cheer at family gatherings!