Wife and mom of young son with autism. In the past year or so, he's really broadened his food repertoire and is trying all the new dishes I cook. I'm thrilled that he likes nearly everything I make now, especially the nourishing soups. When he was very young, he mostly ate cereal and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. The brain disorder of autism usually comes with very rigid and narrow food preferences due to sensory issues of texture, smell and taste. So the very fact that he is now enjoying a variety of food is a miracle in itself.
I absolutely love allrecipes. Making new dishes is so much easier after reading member reviews. It's almost like having your own professional cook in the kitchen guiding you!
My favorite things to cook
Soups, leafy green salads with lots of veggies, spaghetti, grilled meat, mushroom risotto, enchiladas, and pizza.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Let's see: Easter ham, Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas Eve buffet and we have a grilled steak or fish every Saturday night.
My cooking triumphs
I've mastered prime rib roast, chicken marsala, enchiladas, corned beef brisket and barbeque spareribs among other dishes. I hosted my first Thanksgiving and it was a hit. I'm always asked to make cheesecake, rum cake and pumpkin rolls. I can also make a delicious baklava. Lobster tails are pretty simple and delicious when we can afford it. Traditional cakes are still a struggle for me but I keep working on it. I still can't quite master pork loin roasts, they always come out dry and making a decent pie still eludes me.
My cooking tragedies
Not really a tragedy but when I was dating my future husband, I made a batch of lasagna roll-ups. I accidentally used MINT toothpicks to secure them. I am still reminded about it to this day!