I'm a wife and mother of two kids -- an elementary school age boy and a tween girl -- as well as a sweet, goofy black lab mix. My husband and I are more and more interested in eating healthfully ... which is sometimes counteracted by our daughter, who loves to bake!
My favorite things to cook
Creations with fresh veggies, fish, spicy stuff, low-fat marinated chicken. Simple, good food. On the other end of the spectrum, some occasional naughty, yummy things, too!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Using bay leaf in sauces. When I was growing up, the one who found it in their food was the "winner". Can't recall the prize... probably a kiss from mom. :-)
My cooking triumphs
When I was about 14, I made Baked Alaska (my dad cut the board for me). Since I've found Allrecipes, though, my skills are improving vastly -- and all of my recent triumphs have been from here!!
My cooking tragedies
When I was about 5, I made appetizers for guests using toast, pickle, and a buillon cube for garnish. Cute, but not edible. As a teen, I created a frosting with melted marshmallows that, once set, could only be served with a hammer and chisel. And finally, in college, I tried to impress a boyfriend with homemade stir fry and improvised by adding A1 sauce. Eccch. No amount of doctoring could save that dish, so after a couple of polite bites, we ordered pizza.