I LOVE LOVE LOVE to cook and bake for family and friends! One of these days I hope to either open my own coffehouse/cafe or work for the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen (how cool would that be?!). Besides cooking and baking and trying out new recipes, I also love camping, hiking, traveling, photography, singing, swimming, and watching Food Network (go figure).
My favorite things to cook
I don't know that I actually have a favorite but I would say I really enjoy baking cookies, cakes and other desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As a child I had a blast making fudge, candy, and popcorn balls with my parents and siblings. These days I would say my favorite traditions are helping with our holiday feasts and goodies.
My cooking triumphs
Most of my rave reviews have come from my cheesecake recipes, particularly my chocolate-chip or my peanut butter chocolate-chip. My snickerdoodle and peanut butter cookies go over pretty well too. For appetizers, my Boursin stuffed mushrooms are always a huge hit. And my easy chocolate cake (made with just a box of cake mix and a can of diet cola) topped with fat free cool whip and fresh raspberries always make everyone smile (whether they are dieters or not).
My cooking tragedies
It could have been a tragedy but I found a way around it. In a rush to get a dessert together I turned out a dark chocolate bundt cake onto a platter too soon and it fell in crumbles. I grabbed a trifle dish and layered the crumbled cake with white chocolate pudding and whipped topping. I just sprinkled some chocolate chips on top, and was ready to roll. Everyone was crazy about it, and no one new it was created on the fly!