I have loved to cook my whole life, even back to preschool age, when my mama was teaching me.
My favorite things to cook
Ethnic food, cheap food, healthy food, fresh ingredients--I work with the ingredients God gave us--and nothing from a science lab. I love flavors which are complex, and especially foods which are hot and spicy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dear mama had to cook for a family of eight. We went berry picking, and visited orchards, and my mom canned all kinds of fruits and vegetables. My dad built shelves in the garage, and they were all full of the beautiful canned things. Most dinners were built around ground beef (spaghetti, tacos, beef stroganoff). One of my favorite dinners was potato soup. I also loved stuffed cabbage rolls.
My cooking triumphs
100% whole grain pie crust that tastes better than white-flour crust.
Homemade chicken broth.
Homemade salad dressings that are out of this world.
My cooking tragedies
When I was a teenager, I got curious and mixed all the kitchen spices in one pot. I thought it would taste really good--It was horrible, inedible.