Love the flavor profiles here in Louisiana. Whether spicy or mild, the flavors are unforgettable. Spicy foods are my favorite! I usually temper the heat or separate half of a recipe for my husband and then add the spices to remaining half for me.
Always looking for side dishes to keep meals interesting.
Learning how to cook extra and freeze individual portions for easy lunches.
My favorite things to cook
Hon, as long as the end result is worth the effort, it is ALL good!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has great cooks. They all canned items from their gardens and made homemade jellies and preserves, too. It's a lost art now. Delicate homemade biscuits, in season fresh vegetables from the garden and fresh fruit from a smattering of fruit trees. Desserts were always a special treat, family favorites along with new recipes to keep our taste buds happy. My Aunt B. still makes the best coconut cake EVER! I didn't like coconut cake until trying her's. I hope to learn how to duplicate it one day!
My cooking triumphs
Converted true Southerner's from boiled mustard greens to super fast, stir-fried mustard greens. Served with rice and a bit of kimchee. I nearly fell out of my chair when most of them wanted seconds and the recipe.
Currently trying new recipes and sharing with co workers.
My cooking tragedies
Can't make biscuits. Years ago, my first attempt literally cost my Dad a tooth. Okay, so it was loose, but still haven't made any more!!
I still burn dishes, but not nearly as frequently as before. Finally figured out there is a low, med low and med setting on the stove. Who Knew!! Occassionly, its forgetting something under the broiler. Once, I cleared the house because of the real danger of smoke inhalation. I decided to take a stroll around the neighborhood,but forgot I was toasting bread. Nothing like turning a corner and seeing smoke just starting to seep from your home. Trust me, it is much smarter to set a timer! Even for just 2 minutes.