I am a work at home mom to my nearly 5 year old daughter. I love to find new, healthy, easy dinners for myself and my husband. I love to bake and cook and hope to someday fulfill my dream of going to culinary school with a concentration in Pastry. Allrecipes is my go-to website for any recipe I need. I love going out of my comfort zone and trying new recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Grilled boneless skinless chicken breast (there are just so many GOOD recipes that call for grilled chicken breast), beans, cookies, pound cake, Bundt cake, cheesecake, pasta, desserts, vegetarian, sandwiches, casseroles, one dish dinners, brownies, key lime pie.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving dinner at my paternal Grandma's house always included lots of pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, cheesecake and several different cookies. My mom taught us candy making, as she has owned a candy making supplies business since 1981, she taught us about melting & dipping chocolate and making candies, including hard candy. Pralines are always a favorite homemade candy of mine. I taught myself to make them when I was 15. Whenever I am lucky enough to visit my folks' & siblings in California, we always have a big barbecue at my parents' house and it always includes my mom's awesome guacamole (no guacamole compares!), Cheddar Wurst grilled & sliced into bites for an appetizer, and plentiful drinks. I also always try to bake something with my little sister who 23, she loves to bake too.
My cooking triumphs
Making my own homemade baby food for my daughter, made Snickerdoodles and Pumpkin Cheesecake in 2006 for the first time and they both ended up excellent and looked great, too. Making cheesecake without a big crack down the middle. Also any new meal that is a success at dinnertime for my family.
My cooking tragedies
My first pork loin was terrible...I cooked it three times as long as it needed to be cooked...needless to say I haven't done that again! Overcooking my first pumpkin bread so that it was burnt on the outside and not cooked in the middle. We just ate the cooked parts and avoided the crust! This past October 2009 I made two pumpkin cakes from scratch, in Bundt pans. I got all the way through sifting all that flour, measuring out ingredients, putting the finished product in the oven then realizing I left out the baking soda! OOPS!