Now that my 3 kids are grown, I find cooking for just my husband and me both exciting and a challenge; exciting because we both like to try new things, and a challenge because I'm used to cooking quantity. Fortunately, leftovers are well-liked by both of us. I'm happiest when the kids, their significant others, friends and additional family are here for a large meal.
My favorite things to cook
Thanksgiving dinner, homemade manicotti, grilling burgers and hot dogs, my meatloaf recipe and any large group meal
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving turkey that is a combo Grandma/Martha Stewart/Me recipe. It involves cooking wine in the stuffing and under the breast skin, wrapping the top of the bird in bacon before roasting and the tradition of all of us standing around picking off the bacon an hour or so before serving.
My cooking triumphs
See the turkey info above.
My cooking tragedies
I used the wrong cut of beef for a fancy dinner roast. I was a newlywed, trying to save money and did not really know much about different grades and cuts of meet. Needless to say, my standing rib roast was standing all right - mainly because no one could chew it! On top of it, I undercooked the baked potatoes. A meal I will NEVER forget.