Well I have been in the kitchen from the tender age of 4. Watching and helping my mother and grandmother cook. I made my first full meal at the age of 8. Just spaghetti & meatballs with my mother's recipe for homemade sauce, fresh homemade bread and a salad. A very basic meal but I was very proud and my family was impressed. Of course my mother was in the kitchen with me to supervise so I would not hurt myself but for the most part - I did all the work.
As the years rolled on - my cooking skills have vastly improved. I can basically make almost anything and I love to try making new things.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook - that is kinda hard but I would have to say Soul Food. We have a lot of family recipes and traditions that have been handed down through the generations. I also love to cook Italian Cuisine, Spanish Cuisine and seafood.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well - as my mother is getting on in years - she avoids the kitchen at all costs having always cooked for years for all of us (My father & sisters). I have taken on the task of cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. It is a very basic meal but a lot of work. I prepare all side dishes and of course the guest of honor. My friends and other family members bring dessert. I really don't mind it though - I really do love to cook! Oh and Sunday Dinner (you never know what I will whip up !)
My cooking triumphs
Well everybody always raves about my Macaroni and Cheese (something so simple to make) I have given the recipe to friends and they always tell me "Dee - I just can't get it to taste like yours!" Also - I love to make hors d'oeuvres. Favorite one requested over and over again are my mushroom turnovers (dubbed by family and friends - the "mushroom thingys")I love them too - but since I make the dough from scratch it is a little time consuming and if I am going to make them - I usually prepare the dough 1 day in advance - from there it is easy street.
My cooking tragedies
Well I attempted to make a sweet potato casserole using a sugar substitute. Let me tell you - I was not pleased with the taste and had to scrap the whole thing - Unfortunately I had guests arriving for Sunday Dinner in 2 hours - so I ran to the store - got canned sweet potatoes and doctored them up. One of my closest friends pulled me to the side after dinner and said "Dee those are not your sweet potatoes" So I fessed up and told them of my mishap with the casserole I was planning to serve.