I have been cooking since I was around 8 or 9 years old. I was raised by my grandparents, so was always around my grandmother as she cooked. One thing I remember about her is that she never measured...she just knew how much of each ingredient to use, even for cakes. Not me! I wouldn't dare! One of my most prized possessions is her old Culture Club cookbook, that had recipes from different cooks from small towns all over northeast Texas, such as Honey Grove, Ladonia, and Wolfe City. The cookbook was published sometime in the 1940's or 1950's, and sometimes makes me scratch my head wondering how much of certain things to use when it says box or can. By the way, I'm married with two wonderful children, one now married, the other in college. Both children still call and ask for certain recipes, which makes me feel great!
My favorite things to cook
Hmm. I love trying new things, but of course use certain recipes over and over again. I especially like to bake cakes, cookies, and brownies, but also love trying out new main dishes, especially chicken recipes. One thing I've never mastered is how to make light and fluffy biscuits. Mine always seem to weigh about a ton, making them useful for doorstops! I've saved a recipe or two for biscuits from allrecipes, so maybe I'll give 'em another try one of these days.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I mainly remember Thanksgiving and Christmas cooking. My grandmother would always start several days prior to the Holiday to start making the favorites of her sons, such as divinity, fudge, and pralines. I especially liked the fudge, which I continue to make. I also still make the dressing for the turkey the way my grandmother did, not measuring anything, just making it by sight and taste. She had a wonderful Irish potato cake that I like to make, and a cherry pudding recipe that was different. Now that I think about it, I'd like to make that again if I can find the recipe!
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made a great loaf of bread I was so proud! I do admit to using a bread making machine to do so, but I always take it out after the kneading cycle, braid it, then let it rise and then bake it. Yum! Plus, a recipe I have saved for dinner rolls came out heavenly as well. I've never made good bread in the past, but now I try to make it at least once a week. My husband loves it as well!
My cooking tragedies
Anytime I have made biscuits, that was definitely a tragedy. Plus, onetime I made a cake that tasted just plain awful. We were almost out of flour, so I grabbed a container that I thought contained flour. It wasn't! I am a lot more careful, now.