I'm a property manager for a few years now. Cooking to me is my solace, my 'therapy'. Nothing makes me happier when people love what I have cooked for them. I have 5 kids with different tastes so I've had to become creative with my cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Everything. I love trying out new recipes. I like a challenge and I may change a recipe a bit to suit my families taste. The first thing I learned to cook was meatballs. My Mother told me over the phone how to make them. Now keep in mind I had never really cooked before this so when she told me 3 cloves of diced garlic I thought she meant 3 whole garlic bulbs!!! It took me 3 days to dice them. It's a wonder I ever wanted to cook after that. Needless to say those meatballs are still a topic that no one forgot and did I mention I was cooking for 8 people that day! They may as well been called garlicballs. I now make the best meatballs which is one of my favorite things to make even though my family at first were a little afraid to try them. LOL!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving! I use a cheese cloth over my turkey. My family has been doing that long before Martha Stewart.We use margerine instead of butter and we use any kind of pink sweeter wine instead of a dry white wine to drench the cheese cloth in. The turkey takes on a whole different taste and then I make a wine gravy with drippings.
My cooking triumphs
When I finally learned how to make meatballs the right way!!!!!
My cooking tragedies
To enjoy it and don't act like it's a chore to cook something. If you do that nothing will come out right and you might as well stick to take out food.
I did something this past Thanksgiving (2008) that I cannot believe I did!
I left the gizzards and junk that's inside the turkey!! they weren't in a BAG like turkeys guts SHOULD be and when I washed the turkey inside nothing came out! Thank God no one saw it.