I come from a LARGE family who all grew up on farm fresh food. Even the men were fantastic cooks in my family because my grandmother taught all 13 of her boys to cook and cook well. She thought it was an important skill for anyone to have.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking new things. I like to stand in my kitchen and grab ingredients that I like the flavor of and create new ways to combine them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Turducken on thanksgiving!A stuffed deboned chicken inside a stuffed deboned duck inside a stuffed deboned turkey. Absolutely awesome!
My cooking triumphs
Last years Turducken which I created completely on my own and cooked and served in 24 hrs. It consisted of homemade oyster stuffing, homemade cornbread stuffing, and homemade shrimp stuffing one of which was stuffed inside either a deboned chicken duck or turkey which were stuffed inside each other. This is quite a feat if you've ever seen what it takes to create a Turducken!
My cooking tragedies
My first pot pie. I cut all the veggies into large chunks like my grandmother used to and failed to steam them until they were halfway done like she did. Needless to say the crust was beautiful and flaky, the gravy excellent, the pieces of chicken coated in the spices they were saut'ed in but the veggies were hard and starchy. There was no salvaging the poor thing.