I'm a single 67 year old grannie (13 grandaughters) who loves to cook, travel and play cards. The special man in my life comes to visit every day and I cook while he does whatever to spiffy up the yard. We play cards for a few hours and watch TV until he leaves. We took our first trip over a few mountain passes last week and got to see some breath-taking scenery. That's my life and I love it.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta; fish; chicken, veggies & rice; veggies and ??? in small casseroles and my special friend likes beans, so I make all combinations of beans and pasta, black beans and rice and all by themselves. There are usually desserts after dinner and we love to make fruit smoothies. Mostly good healthy foods and all from scratch.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was raised by Italians so we did food the old-fashioned way. Lots of seasoning, fresh veggies from the garden and fruit from a market in town. If we didn't use a chicken from the backyard, we hand-picked one from the chicken store. Mom ground hamburger from a piece of sirloin rather than buy already prepared meat. Herbs were from our garden and bread was baked fresh nearly every day. Holidays were spent with large groups with food as the main event. I grow herbs in a pot and bread in my bread machine these days, but the rest of the food comes from the supermarket (sigh)!
My cooking triumphs
Lasagna (naturally); a few oriental dishes learned while we were stationed in Japan; my "fried" baked fish and my "fried" baked chicken cutlets with my scalloped potatoes (sliced very thin with my new food processor). My spaghetti sauce which goes with thin spaghetti and my turkey sausage meatballs; I make a spinach casserole to die for and my bundt cakes and creamy pudding pies are pretty good too.
My cooking tragedies
In my early 20's, I cooked a stubborn chicken for 4 days. Then there was the honeymoon hot farina cereal that was full of lumps. I made sauce for a friend which consisted of her home-grown tomatoes and forgot to use tomato paste so it was very thin. Recently I made a creamy pudding pie which didn't set up because I used soy milk. My experimental mousaka was a flop - too salty. I'm sure there were many more which I can't tell you about due to a faulty memory.