I have been cooking and baking most of my walking life. My grandmother was a culinary arts teacher and I was her favorite student :). 5 years ago my prince charming swept me off my feet and brought here to the STIX! While I am still a "city" girl at heart I have quickly taken a liking to training to be a stay at home mom (hopefully someday). Anyhow to keep my mind off baby dillemmas and an unfortunately long hiatus from work due to a disabling back injury and surgery I have learned that cooking is my best friend. I can sit and stand as I please, typically things are light enough for me to pick up and when they aren't I have an army of strapping young men to help out (the beauty of marrying into a rather large family)Anyhow I cook all the meals for the extended family of in-laws as we live a stones throw away. Im not much for rules so most times I tend to start with a recipe and make the rest up. I have recently begun to make my own recipes from scratch and will share soon!
My favorite things to cook
anything and everything! But nothing is more rewarding than sitting down to a homemade family dinner!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking the holiday meals. I usually like to fly solo, but always appreciate a little help with peeling and chopping. Also our family has begun a fall wood cutting weekend. One weekend a year as many family members as possible head up our way to help my in-laws and us prepare our wood for winter. We usually work about 12 hours and can get about 3/4 of the wood we need which is a huuuge help. In return for their help we make a huge dinner for them. We always love a nice turkey dinner with all the fixings but this year was Lasagna and antipasto. Talk about yummy. Any way my job that day is in the kitchen preparing for company. We love having a full house of our loved ones with full happy bellies!
My cooking triumphs
My new fall creations. If they last a day in the house I am lucky!
My cooking tragedies
There have definitely been a few...My first attempt at a homemade alfredo sauce was gross looking(it still tasted good though. And probably 85% of what my roommates and I made in college. Not because it wasn't good, but it just kills me what we ate. I know I could win a challenge in cooking with ramen noodles!