Hello Fellow Foodies! I'm not sure what to put here, so I'll start with the basics: I'm 46 years old, happily married for over 20 years to a man who is not just a great husband...he's also my best friend. Cooking is one of the things we enjoy doing together and it's a lot of fun to prepare a special meal together, then sit down to enjoy the end result!
We have been blessed over the years with wonderful children...all four legged and furry! I'm a professional dog trainer and animal behaviorist. We also breed AKC Labrador Retrievers.
I found this website when I was scrounging around on the internet looking for a new way to fix a couple different things. I really enjoy experimenting with new cooking and baking methods and new tastes, etc. I've never met a recipe I didn't tweak! LOL
My favorite things to cook
Woah, this could be a lengthy list! I'm really very lucky to have inherited the cooking talent gene from both of my parents, especially my Mom who I am still in awe of. The woman has magic hands in the kitchen and I love fixing the recipes that she made when we were growing up...that's real comfort food!
What are my favs? Hmmm...depends on the day and the reason I suppose! Like today for instance, I woke up with the notion in my head that it's a good day to bake some bread, so that's what I'll be doing when I'm done here!
I love to bake, and I really enjoy making complicated things that take a good deal of skill and time. If a dish is going to teach me a new skill set then I'm definitely all for it! I remember the first stir fry I ever made...I ended up buying a top of the line wok, 3 cookbooks on the subject and I went berserk in the local Asian Food Market! I do nothing at half measures and I love to cook for a crowd! :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Both my family and my husband's immigrated to the US from Poland, and part of my family came from Germany, fleeing from the wars in all cases. So we are all big into the "meat and potatoes" traditions that come from our heritage, though we all do our best to keep things a bit healthier than our Euro Ancestors. We all share recipes, and my Mother In Law has a terrific cookbook collection...pick a single main ingredient and ask her to find you a recipe for it, and she's got her "encyclopedia cookery" right there!
As much as we all enjoy cooking and then sitting down together to enjoy the fruits of our labors, I have to say that family meals are my favorite traditions. My brother, who is also a fantastic cook, and I are conscious of the tradition and we always make time when the family is in one place to plan and serve a traditional meal at least once!
Baking is also a huge deal for both families, and I really enjoy making the old recipes for ethnic favorites!
My cooking triumphs
Rather than point to any one particular dish or meal or story, I have to say my biggest triumph is that I just knew how to cook without practice or help really. My Mom was way more than willing to teach me, but I just wasn't that into it in my teens. By the time I was out of the house, my Dad was convinced that I'd probably poison my first dinner guests!
Actually it was indeed a "triumph", that first meal...and I just knew what to do instinctively I guess. That's why I thank my genetic makeup because I never tried to learn! Anyway, that first meal? I made Cornish Game Hens with stuffing, and all the "meat and potatoes" sides that go with it. There were no leftovers, and everyone raved over the meal. Best of all...I poisoned nobody. Good thing my Dad was wrong, since he was one of those first dinner guests...brave man!
My cooking tragedies
The only "tragic" experience that comes to mind for me, is the time that I nearly sliced off the tip of my right index finger when the brand new bread knife I was using to slice a baguette skittered across the top of the crusty loaf and suddenly there was blood everywhere. I was home alone of course! My hubby and brother showed up directly, thank goodness. They got me to the hospital, got my finger stitched back on and up, plus we got back in time for me to finish the meal I was making... the only casualty being my loaf of bread. It was totalled! Ah the memories! LOL