I am married with 3 dogs and I was a family and consumer science teacher for years before my husband got relocated. I had gastric bypass in 2007 and I have lost 239 pounds. I have a new lease on life now. But because of the surgery my dietary requirements are very strict and I am very sugar intolerant. I have had to retrain myself on how to cook for me. I felt very deprived at first but once I got up the courage to start experimenting in the kitchen I excelled. I'm so proud of my accomplishments because I feel that I have really come so far on my journey.
My favorite things to cook
I love Christmas cookies. I make them for weeks before Christmas and after. I have just moved out of state and I hope to meet new people that would like to do a good old cookie exchange. I'm now starting to work on sugar free recipes so I can have some too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving I have ALL my relatives come to my home for a feast. I do all the cooking and prep for weeks. I make sure to make everyone's favorites and a couple extras. It always turns out perfect even it something doesn't go right...because I always expect a hitch now and then.
Christmas morning breakfast is another important tradition. I don't care where we are in the world we always make it home for breakfast. This tradition started when my gradparents were very young and my grandpa just got back from the war and it always stuck. I love it because it is always more then just about opening gifts; in fact, that is a very small part of our celebration. I think that is why I like it so much.
My cooking triumphs
When I realized that I could, literally, make anything AND especially when I learned I could use my knowledge from my college degree and make foods that I can enjoy too.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 15 I thought I could cook anything. No one ever told me there was a science behind candy making and that you couldn't imporvise. I TRIED to make peanut brittle. I didn't have a candy thermometer so I "guessed" at the temperature. What I got was a gooey mess so I poured it onto a sheet pan and put it in the freezer to "harden up". Needless to say it never became brittle and my mom made me scrub that pan for hours. Lesson learned!