I have been a Spanish teacher for 34 years and a cook forever. I'm looking forward to retirement so I can spend more time gardening and cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make desserts. I have a killer Apricot BrandyCake recipe and our family Carrot Cake recipe is the best I've tasted. I can say that because it isn't MY recipe, but has been passed around for years.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents immigrated from Mexico over 60 years ago, but I can't say I'm that great at cooking Mexican food. My son does request enchiladas and rice every time he comes home.
My cooking triumphs
According to my husband and son, I would say stuffed chicken breasts, enchiladas, 5 cheese mac and cheese, and a standing rib roast are their faves that I make. They also love the carrot cake, pumpkin cheese roll and berry trifle. Making my family happy; that's success to me.
My cooking tragedies
I spent lots of money on the ingredients and forever working on a tiramisu only to have it turn out soggy. I couldn't figure what happened. When I rechecked the recipe I realize I had misread the amount of liqueuer and had about tripled the quantity. I wasn't happy with the texture, but everyone else was happy.