I'm a stay-at-home mother of two who has had to learn to cook out of necessity. I now love to fix healthy meals for my family, and I'm always on the lookout for new dishes to try. I love varying our meals with different cuisines and ingredients, and I'm trying to go organic - as much as possible here in the middle of America!
My favorite things to cook
"Soul food," medieval food, stroganoff, chicken (although I can't eat it now because I have developed an allergy even to the organic kind, I still fix it for the family), and baked goods... oh, and Australian foods. My hubby is from Oz.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My kids ALWAYS help when I am baking. My son is also learning to cook (he is 5), and my daughter is more interested in eating her vegetables when she puts them in the dishes herself. I also make mini-loaves of quickbreads for the family at Christmas every year. I tried making chocolates once, and they asked for the bread back!
My cooking triumphs
My quickbreads, definitely... see above. I am also very proud whenever I make any yeast breads because those are a challenge for me. I'm also very pleased that I am finally able to 'create' in the kitchen rather than simply following a recipe. It's been a process!
My cooking tragedies
I used to be a terrible cook. I once burned rice so badly the fire alarm went off. The first time I tried to make cinnamon rolls they rose just fine, but then I burned my hand putting them into the oven and promptly forgot that I had put them in... burned cinnamon is NOT a good smell! Thankfully, I have gotten past that!