I've always loved to cook, but learned a great deal out of necessity while my husband and I worked our way through college with two kids. Having to "make do" I learned how to utilize herbs and spices to make otherwise plain dishes pop with flavor! I get a kick out of it. I also love that my kids are willing to try new things, and I think it has something to do with the variety that I serve... otherwise I get bored. My sister lives 2000 miles away, and our most favorite things to share are recipes, most of which we made up.
My favorite things to cook
Some of my favorite things to cook are meats, wine based sauces, and deserts. I also like to keep my premade ingredients to a minimum; it is so much healthier and it tastes better made from scratch.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We don't have too many yet, but one we have is making a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas day.
My cooking triumphs
A last minute italian pasta salad for a party at a friends house that was ravaged in a number of minutes; a recent chicken marsala that my husband will never forget.
My cooking tragedies
Ha! Okay, skeleton's coming out. We had these very old rabbits that turned out to be worse than useless for breeding (this was one of those trying-to-pinch-pennies-while-in-college fiasco's). My husband grew up on all sorts of game, so taking his cue we got them fixed up and I prepared a cheesy "chicken" casserole meal to take to some friends house. Well, one bite into this extremely tough, chewy casserolle, my girlfriend immediately covered her hands with her napkin, holding it all back while her gag reflex went into overdrive. She managed, "Is this what I think it is?" We about fell of our chairs laughing, knowing her dislike for out-of-the-ordinary game. Needless to say we ended up eating something else.