I am currently lucky enough to be able to stay at home and cook and bake. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to start helping in the kitchen. Her current job is chief pot and pan banger and general mischief maker. I enjoy cooking french cuisine, but baking is my favorite. I am Polish so by default I have learned plenty of stick to your rib eastern European recipes, however my husband loves Italian and good old southern cooking and soul food. (He makes sure my skills are well rounded) We are sports fans, and love entertaining on game days, so I also do alot of menu planning. Our 3 dogs also love the homemade dog treats that I bake for them, although my husband makes sure to spoil them with lots of "people food" too. I have a habit of usually not following a recipe but using maybe 2 or 3 as a general guideline and then just use my experience to come up with something that my husband, daughter and I will enjoy.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make and even more so eat Creme Brulee, Raspberry Cheesecake with a Chambord Raspberry sauce, ginger bread -- from this site, filet mignon, garlic alfredo pasta, macaroni and cheese -- not the nuclear orange stuff out of the box, most things Polish, fried chicken, love love love mashed potatoes with lots of butter, sour cream, chives, garlic, and shallots, actually I am very fond of all potato dishes. There are a million more things just can't think of them all.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Grandmothers peirogi, also my dad makes the best barbequed beef ribs can't wait for summer time cookouts, cheescake with fresh strawberries and bluberries from the garden. Fried chicken and ham on Christmas Eve, prime rib on Easter, and of course turkey be it fried or roasted with my cornbread and bacon stuffing on Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
Cheescake and Creme Brulee there is never any left... never.
Also recently I made a raspberry lemon meringue pie for my dad he liked it so much he told my mom the only person she could give a peice to was my grandmother... he ate the rest. Breaded Italian steak for my husband, marinated sauteed mushrooms with garlic, and my signature mashed redskin potatoes.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 11 I was making muffins. I misread the recipe and instead of 1/2 tsp salt I added half a cup without even thinking. When my older sister came home I had the muffins ready and offered her one, which she accepted. I was pretty proud of myself they looked really good. She took one bite and nearly choked, and ran to the bathroom gagging. Needless to say I've not made that mistake again, but my husband has... with brownies.