Wife and mother of two little girls, I like to focus on meals that are quick and easy but taste more complex. Although I was born and raised here in the south, I actually don't really like most southern food, so I'm no good with it.
My favorite things to cook
I do believe I have mastered the taters. Also, I love trying anything new, especially creating sauces and such to go with dishes. Anything with a lot of spices and complex flavors catch my attention.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Comfort foods! I've had a lot of family recipes passed down to me that I absolutely intend on passing down to my girls. In my family, it's all about herbs and spices...the flavors are what make someone notice a texture! Another is that we always make more than what we need, because you never know if someone is going to pop over as you're getting ready to eat and it would be rude to not offer them a dish. This has actually happened to me a lot, so it's turned out to be a good rule to follow. Well, and you get the benefit of leftovers....lazy lunch!
My cooking triumphs
The day I discovered that people were willing to pay money for my Tater Soup recipe! I am stubborn though, and didn't sell it because it is a recipe to be passed down, not sold. And besides that, I'm one of those cooks that doesn't measure anything unless I'm baking, so it would have been more of a pain to try and figure out how much of what I put in there and make a recipe out of it. My pot roast is my other specialty...hate to say it, but I really don't like anyone else's except mine and my grandmother's and most people who have tried it have said it was the best they ever had. I enjoyed the ego boost :)
My cooking tragedies
The first time I ever tried to make a corned beef brisket, we had gotten a bad roast (not expired, just a bad cut) and it ended up so chewy and fatty, we couldn't eat it and ended up ordering a pizza. I didn't bother making it again for years until recently, and that one was a success...I really thought I had traumatized my husband from ever eating corned beef again.