I am disabled since 1989, but I like to use my abilities to help others. I do a lot of volunteering (most of it revolves around food issues), I teach families to shop, cook and preserve for future meals. I have been cooking since I was 7 years old, grew up on a farm/horse ranch with 8 siblings and many "foster sibilings".
My grandmother and mother were great influences on my love for cooking... creating... and "playing with my food"!
My favorite things to cook
I love anything unusual, new, old, geared for children as I am helping to raise 4 small grandchildren.
We volunteer at an organic garden, and love bringing our veggies home and create wonderful meals! My grandchildren all love to help create meals by choosing and preparing (just as I did as a child).
Love to cook, bake and can!
Soups, Stews and Pasta Dishes are our favorites... and can'l leave out DESSERTS!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmothers and great-grandmothers passed down old family recipes to me, which I passed down to my daughter and grandchildren... The kitchen gets crowded...but we all love working together to make old family recipes as well as new ones... especially during hollidays!
My cooking triumphs
I have won Blue Ribbons, won several recipe contests, a writing contest, was the cook at our Cathedral Rectory (cooking for priests to Bishops!).
I do meals and food sampling demonstrations at our community garden showing the joys of fresh veggies to old and young.
My cooking tragedies
I have been so busy that I have burnt a few dishes over the years.... but the biggest tragedy was when I dropped the turkey platter on the floor!