My mother was a food editor so I grew up by her side in the kitchen. She tried out hundreds of recipes on the family and permanantly warped my definition of dinner to include as many food groups as possible, be pleasing to the eye, and above all taste good! As a mother of three with two jobs, I have learned to stream line the stringent requirements that are in my mind and appreciate simplicity as well as the more complex dishes. Doctoring things up is sometimes its own art form. Food will always be one of my greatest life loves.
My favorite things to cook
Julia Child's Boef Bourguignon, hands down. But in the fall I simply must make the Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread from this site. Mmmmmm.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas my Grandma, and then my Uncle, after she passed, made homemade caramels and wrapped each one in wax paper. The recipe is over 100 years old and I now make it with my children. I also make my mother's stuffing at Thanksgiving every year, and try also to make Peanut Soup (my own recipe) or the Three Sisters Soup (from this site) at Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
At the turn of the century (1999-2000), I made an entire meal consiting of recipes from the turn of the previous century (1899-1900). It was fun, educational and delicious. There was a beef roast with Yorkshire pudding, a spinach souffle from a well know (back in 1899) NY restaurant, Syllabub for desert, and a few other things as well. I had fun researching, but more fun eating.
My cooking tragedies
I tried roasting chestnuts, and also an Italian version involving red wine. Both turned out inedible. :(