45. Joined the Navy. Lived in CA, TX, SC, Va. moved back to PA then lived in Philly and Pittsburg finally moved back home. Made my first meal at age 11 when I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my Mom who had to work. Roast chicken stuffed, corn and peas, tomato soup and ice cream for dessert. No she didn't know it; she just came home to it. Cooked my first dish at age 4 when Granny tied an apron on me and let me mix my own pancakes and "helped" me cook em by standing me on a chair and holding me.
My favorite things to cook
I love Southern cooking but health issues have forced me to start to modify my recipes and to experiment more with the leaner side.
My favorite family cooking traditions
See about me. The greatest thing you can say to a cook in my family of my generation is "You cook just like Granny." My 98 year old cousin said when he realized who I was "Edna sure could cook" yep. Granny could. So could Aunt Ruth and I think they might have passed a little of that to me. My neice says if she lived with me she would simply live at the table and wait for the next meal. Mom use to say "there are no ugly women. Only lazy ones." I changed that to "there are no bad cooks, only lazy ones." Any one who works at it can be a great cook. I was lucky. I started with a pancake at age four.
My cooking triumphs
My mods of various recipes. Nothing ever leaves my hands like it comes into it. The biggest praise? When I asked my husband to tell the Dr office what Tofu was like and he said "I hate Tofu but I sure like the way she cooks it." and he was serious.
My cooking tragedies
I just burned the daylights out of the Wok I was seasoning. 99% of the time I can save it. Last major one was the stove quit Christmas Eve. I once burned my steak a la Kirk and took my husband and his best friend out to eat because I was NOT cooking anything else. I got dressed and came down to hear them say "HEY it's good burned. She really can cook. It's like a good jerky"