I'm a Californian transplanted into Nebraska since I married my college sweetheart. Luckily he's not meat and potatoes kind of guy, and like me, he lives to eat. We run a database marketing consulting business from our home, so we're able to cook yummy things most nights. We're collaborative in the kitchen, even during snowy nights we throw stuff on the grill. We've found great seafood at our local food coop, and subscribe to the local CSA for fresh, locally-grown vegetables all summer.
My favorite things to cook
My latest craze is Spanish. It's super-healthy and uses ingredients that are readily available. It's not listed as a choice in the profile, but Spanish is numero uno in our household.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We've only been married since 2008 so our "traditions" are forming. But, we have a Thanksgiving meal that we hope will become tradition. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I cook up three soups and the 20+ other people bring the rest. This year it's Chili, Mexican Chicken and Spanish Roasted Vegetable. Yum!
My cooking triumphs
I like making cooking a game. So I pick a cookbook and make one recipe a week out of it.
Having the CSA vegetables over the summer is like Christmas every Thursday, we pick up the box and then head to the market to buy the rest of that night's dinner.
I bought a new Spanish cookbook for the winter, so will have a new source of recipes. And, once a week, I have my husband pick a cookbook and I make a recipe from that book for dinner.
My entertaining triumph was a wedding shower we held for a vegetarian marrying a carnivore. The perfect solution? Shish-Ka-Bobs. I marinated beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetables and everyone made their own skewers and threw them on the grill. Everyone was happy and I didn't have to cook a thing!
My cooking tragedies
Even though I really try to make every dinner perfectly, I've learned not to obsess about pleasing everyone. Our favorite quote is, "Pizza is only 30 minutes away."