In my "early years," I loved to cook, with steaks and pastas high on my list. Eventually, I became a nut for casseroles and stir-fry. Over the last few years of venturing back and forth between pot roasts, fish fillets, and fast/easy to prepare run-out-the-door entrees, I'm finding my niche.
My favorite things to cook
I love Spam. LOL! Spam, tuna, eggs, noodles, mixed veggies and canned soup are staples in my kitchen. Corn flakes and onion potato chip crunchies are awesome! My true love, tho, is recreating my favorite restaurant dishes such as pesto salmon and chocolate creme brulee.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every X-mas, my mom, sister and I make "Grandma's Cookies." This recipe has been a tradition for over 50 years. (Maybe more.) The secret ingredients are home grown apples made into applesauce and, of course, chocolate chips!
My cooking triumphs
BBQ'd bacon-wrapped fillet mignon, baked lobster tails, and boiled cajun shrimp, with a variety green leaf salad and ginger-honey sesame seed dressing: All served to a group of friends, right on time and al dente!
My cooking tragedies
20 years ago, I was cooking the Thanksgiving feast. I arose early to prepare the refrigerated turkey and found it still frozen solid. (Three days in the fridge!) Dinner, originally scheduled for 2pm, became dinner at 7pm. Even though the food was edible, the baked green beans were dry, the bread slightly burnt, and the stuffing gooey, etc...