I'm married to a wonderful man who will eat almost anything I put in front of him - and sometimes that's not an easy thing to do.
My favorite things to cook
Anything in the slow cooker... and desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Two Christmas traditions are my mom's swedish meatballss (they go great with turkey!) and we get several members of the family together to make Lefsa. It's a fun afternoon and those that show up to help with Lefsa's gets to sneak one or two prior to Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning. It takes an assembly line to make them too. The last tradition we all look forward to while opening the presents is my husband's cinnamon rolls. I make up the dough using 2 bread makers and he rolls them out... piles on lots of brown sugar and cinnamon then rolls and cuts them. We make them the night before and cook them up warm and gooey on Christmas morning.
My cooking triumphs
I went to a Mennonite Fall Bazaar several years ago. While I was disappointed at first - it worked out in the end that we got there toward the end of the event. I really wanted to try a piece of their wonderful pies... but when I got to the front of the line (about 20 min wait) all they had left were some flavors that I'd never heard of, like grape, and pear with crumble topping. I couldn't even fathom the grape, so I bought a piece of pear. After the first bite I went back to that line to see if I could pick up a whole pie... but they were sold out.
My triumph was that on the way home I stopped and bought pears and once home I searched and searched for a pie recipe that looked similar to what I had eaten. I found one on this site and made it. It turned out really great so I made it again for Thanksgiving and my family loved it.
My cooking tragedies
I love allrecipes.com - it is my "go to" place for baking as well as everyday cooking.
It was right after discovering this site I was wanting to make a nice cinnamon cookie for my Christmas cookie exchange. I found a recipe that looked like it fit the bill and whipped up the dough. I rolled it out and used a star cookie cutter to cut them and I baked them. I couldn't wait to try one hot out of the oven. However, I found them to be - well, umm, just awful! They were hard as a rock and not very sweet. so I tried it again rolling the next batch much thicker and sprinkled sugar on top. They were just as bad! At that point I realized I hadn't read any of the reviews for that recipe so I went back to my computer and looked. There was one review... and as I recall it said something like this: "I should have taken a picture of these cookies to post, but I didn't want to dig them out of the garbage."
After reading that I knew there was nothing I could do to improve those cookies!