I am a retired Federal employee. I have 3 sons, ages 20 to 34, youngest still at home. I worked for 30 years, and usually had dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes because the boys were always "starving" when I got in from work. After I retired and finally had time to cook, I went a little wild for a while and tried lots of new recipes. Now that it's just my husband and me, I've settled down to old favorites. I watch the Food Network a lot, and I love looking for recipes on AllRecipies because of the ratings and comments. I can always find what I'm looking for.
My favorite things to cook
My family's favorite cake is pound cake - from scratch.
We eat a lot of chicken and a lot of casseroles - so a lot of chicken casseroles.
My maccaroni and cheese is pretty special, too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother came from Poland and I still use a few of her recipes, passed on to me by my mom. I make her cabbage rolls every summer when our garden produces all the cabbage we planted all at the same time.
My cooking triumphs
My sons all cook. That is the best thing I've ever done.
The oldest always prepares the turkey dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas, using all of my recipes for the turkey, dressing and side dishes.
The middle sone loves to grill, but also does pretty well in the kitchen and also uses a lot of my recipes.
The youngest is still at home and pretty much takes care of himself when it comes to cooking, since he's never here to have his meals with us.
My cooking tragedies
When I got married, I didn't know much about cooking. I remember rinsing dried beans one time and letting a whole pound of pinto beans go down the drain - Call the plummer.