I am a collector of recipes and absolutely love to cook. It doesn't matter how simple or complex the recipe or ingredients. If I think it's something my family will enjoy, I am game to try it. It tickles my heart to here to umms and ahhs or see them digging in for seconds. That's when I know I've hit the nail on the head with another great meal.
My favorite things to cook
I guess I'd have to say that my favorite thing to cook is food. I love being in the kitchen creating. Whether it's following a new recipe or fine tuning a family favorite, it's just fun for me. If it wasn't for the fact that I couldn't handle being on my feet all day, I think I would be a chef by profession. But, alas, I have to settle for cooking for family and friends. I mostly bake my meats (which heats up the house something awful in the summertime), but I'm not opposed to frying every once in a while. I use my broiler very infrequently, but found some new recipes that may change that in the near future. I leave the grilling to my sweetie. He's the expert in that department. But mostly, I love wintertime. I look forward to making my Holiday recipes and also, that's when I get to pull out my precious Dutch oven and heat the house up (guilt free) with lots of slow cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have a list of Holiday recipes that have taken me years to perfect. My family is so in love with these dishes that anytime I suggest something new or preparing them in a "healthier" way, they all cry "mutiny, mutiny"! And my oldest daughter threatens to NOT come home for school breaks. Lol...it's okay though. I figure since I have them eating healthier for the most part throughout the year, they deserve a little spoiling during the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
I'd have to say, the best thing I have ever made was some Braised Herb Pork Chops. I kid you not when I say, that the meat just fell off the bones, slicing through it was like butter, the veggies soaked up the flavors perfectly, and the gravy was to die for. I made it on a Thursday evening and by Saturday morning, my family was literally begging me to make it again for Sunday dinner. I didn't disappoint them.
My cooking tragedies
I made some horrendous recipe that called for canned french cut string beans and slivered almonds. Even though I followed the recipe to the letter, it was the slimiest, saltiest thing I had ever made. Nobody was pleased with that dish.
I still have the recipe card and may try again someday with fresh string beans, but that fail is still too fresh in our minds to consider that seriously for now.