I'm 54, divorced, with 2 grown daughters. I love to golf, love to cook and work hard during the week - so I do a lot of bulk cooking on Sunday to get me through the week. I'm a total 'foodie' - I love to grocery shop, love to cook, love to read recipes, and yes, I love to eat too!
My favorite things to cook
I really like Italian cooking - the more authentic the better. I also have made several 'old' recipes (medieval, etc) and completely enjoy that! (how did they do it without refrigeration or electricity?) I enjoy casseroles, stews and soups, I make a mean steak and prime rib and I love to bake (cookies, cakes, pies and fudge, puddings and custards!) yum!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother was my inspiration for wanting to become a good cook. She was from Italy and began cooking for her family at age 7 !
As I got older and had my own family my heart went into baking and baking with my children was always fun! I am known as the "MAD COOKIE WOMAN" at Christmas. Now that they've grown up and moved on, I'm back to basics, but like to twist up the old fav's with spices and herbs (from my garden) and try to make things healthier, without changing the quality.
My cooking triumphs
I can make a "perfect" Prime Rib!
My cooking of Italian foods is second nature!
I have created many birthday theme cakes over the years for my kids!
People ask to purchase cookie trays from me year round, but I rarely have the time to accommodate those requests! Thanksgiving dinner for 30 - 2 turkeys, 8 sides and 8 pies, all the trimmings and all done at the same time!
My cooking tragedies
(Laughing out loud) -- too many to mention!
I've dropped several cakes en-route to the party!
I managed to drop a Turkey on the way to the table one Thanksgiving!
And too many burnt pots, bad recipes and blisters to mention over the last many years!
Probably the worst was, as a newlywed, I decided to keep the pasta hot for my late husband, by leaving it in the pot of water, with a lid on, until he arrived (about an hour!) - then the time I didn't know how much pasta to cook for dinner guests, so I made 3 pounds - there were 4 of us! Thank God for the garbage disposal!