I'm a former librarian, recently turned stay-at-home mom. This leaves lots more time for cooking, which I love! I have a husband, a toddler and a baby on the way, so not a very big crowd to cook for usually. I love having guests over for dinner because it gives me an excuse to cook more.
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new recipes, so I turn to this site daily. I promised my husband I would learn to make bread if he bought me a mixer, so he did. Now I'm trying out all sorts of yeast bread recipes until I find just the right one. I also love using my crockpot, because it makes me look like a pro without a lot of effort.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As a little girl, I used to help my mother make honey candy around the holidays. This was a fun family activity, but I haven't attempted it on my own because you need at least a few people to help pull it once it is cooked, and it has to be done immediately or it will harden. I'll have to see if I can get the recipe from her so I can post it.
My cooking triumphs
I make delicious cookies, and delicious desserts in general. I am always asked to bring desserts for parties and potlucks. My husband loves it, but he claims he has gained like 50 pounds since we married. If it's true, then he was totally mal-nutritioned before, because he is still skinny as a rail.
My cooking tragedies
My first loaf of bread. Dense and flavorless. Still looking for that perfect recipe! Also, one time I made this no-fail eggnog cake for a Christmas potluck, and I got to the party and found that it was totally raw in the middle. I threw the whole thing out before anyone could see, and when I got home, I discovered that my oven temperature was all off and I had to have it fixed. That's another recipe I should post, because really, it's no-fail (unless your oven malfunctions).