I'm a busy, at-home, mom of 3 children. I live in a suburb of Atlanta, GA.
My favorite things to cook
Yummy desserts, comfort food, Mexican dishes, Kid-friendly dinners that actually taste good to adults, too! In the colder months, I love to make soups, stews and chili. I'm finding more slow cooker recipes that I like for the busy afternoons filled with Cub Scouts and Soccer Practice.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother and mother are purists--If it calls for butter, don't substitute margarine! If you can make it from scratch, don't buy it pre-packaged. My mother makes the best pies ever, and I think her secret is a wonderful, flaky crust that is fairly easy to make. My grandmother grew up poor, and some of our favorite dinners growing up were recipes from those lean years. My brothers and I all still love to eat Hamburger Gravy and Fried Potatoes around my mother's table!
My cooking triumphs
Any new recipe that I can get all 5 people in my house to eat, is a triumph! My husband and I make some really good enchiladas (a pan of chicken and a pan of cheese) along with his traditional Mexican rice and Sweet Corn Tomalito (from this site). I could make them myself, but having a second set of hands to do the tortillas and the rolling, help speed things up!
My cooking tragedies
I started a grease fire once in college when making homemade enchilada sauce. (The recipe called for boiling the oil?) I do buy canned enchilada sauce now, and like it just as well.