General: I am a single parent of one son. I am now, however, an empty nester. My son is married and moved to Jacksonville, FL.
Work: I am a preschool teacher and finally obtained my degree in May of 2010.
Fun: I belong to a Middle-Eastern dance troupe and we dance and raise money for local charities. I love to read, cook, and garden, as well.
My favorite things to cook
I created a recipe due to a limited pantry after Hurricane Ivan came my way in 2004. It is called "Black Bean Enchiladas;" my mom always raves about this dish and asks me to make when family comes in town. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is of Scottish heritage and also Pennsylvania Dutch. I try to incorporate recipes from both into my daily cooking. A favorite recipe that has been passed down is called, "Pot Pie." My dad's favorite is Ham Pot Pie. It is close to the Southern Chicken and Dumplings and not like a baked pot pie.
My cooking triumphs
I have been buying weekly at the local Farmer's Market and they gave me some "patty pan" squash to make. They gave me two ideas to try. I made both of them and both were delicious!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make a pumpkin pie that had rum in it for Thanksgiving one year. It was terrible! My family said, "I hope you never make that again!" It WAS bad! bleck!