I am a stay-at-home-mom of 2 little girls. I love to cook fresh meals everyday for my family. I avoid frozen prepared foods and canned/boxed food. I try to use organic and all natural when I can afford it. I am from Minnesota and also have been attempting a garden lately. I pretend to know how to cook at an intermediate level but I fail many times. I try and try until I can perfect good dishes and I search allrecipes first and usually last. I have so much luck on this site I had to get a membership!
My favorite things to cook
Everything. Ethnic foods. Steak. DESSERTS! Candy and cakes. Pastas. Bread, pizza, soup, one-dish casseroles, crock pot meals, easy to freeze meals, healthy dishes. I love Asian foods, Indian food, Mexican, Phillipine foods, French and Irish food. I try it all. I love love love fresh quality seasonings and herbs. Penzeys spices is my favorite place to buy them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dinner. Home cooked, every night. We eat together all the time. When I get a bigger kitchen we'll cook together, too.
My cooking triumphs
I spent 2 days making Julia Child's Boef Bourgonion for my husband on our anniversary. It turned out nice. I also made the worlds best buttercream and coconut cake with a pineapple filling. Yummy doesn't say enough. Emeril's 3 part fish tacos are worth bragging about when you get through the shopping, prepping and cooking and assembling. I also make an amazing Irish Shepherd's Pie and it's all about the ground lamb and using the *right* seasonings.
My cooking tragedies
Overcooking salmon happens often with me. I've made many attempts at buttercreams that failed until I found the ONE that hits every mark. My children would tell you I fail 3 times a week but they won't eat much unless they are starving. I used to attempt white sauces without any knowledge and would burn them or make them too thick and corn starchy but I've overcome that and become wiser.