My greatest cooking influence is my Grandmother, Mildred Wimer. I started learning to cook step by step with her via the telephone when I was 10 years old. I remember using a chair to stand on to place the roasting pan in the oven as ours was above the range. 30 years later we are still exchanging recipes and swapping cooking secrets.
My favorite things to cook
I love to create and make different types of pasta dishes, stew's soups and desserts.. We have also perfected what we call the perfect fried turkey at my house! My family is always supportive of new recipes. We have a "thumbs up/thumbs down" rating for new dishes. Not often do our recipes end up being a thumbs down!
My favorite family cooking traditions
A favorite story of one of my first attempts to make homemade chocolate chip cookies...My mom will never forget this day...I was 12. Read from the cookbook, added all the ingredients and turned them out on the cookie sheet to bake. My mother was napping so this was going to be a big surprise. She awoke to steaming hot cookies and a big glass of milk. She took her first bite and there was a look on her face I will never forget. She simply laid the cookie back on the plate, told me how proud she was of me and asked if I had tried the cookies myself. I hadn't, she suggested I do and when I did I was stunned. I had added 1/2 cup of salt instead of 1/2 teaspoon. I will leave the rest of the story to your imagination.....
My cooking triumphs
Would be winning FIRST PLACE in a dessert contest with 45 entries at a company picnic!
My cooking tragedies
This would be forgetting about an Egg Strata in the oven for Christmas Morning Brunch when 10 people were coming to eat. Not a pretty picture.....