I am happily married to a wonderful man for over 20 years and the mother of 4 great kids. I grew up as an Air Force brat, one of 8 kids. I learned to cook at an early age. We live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina. I have always enjoyed cooking and now that my kids are in high school/college, they sometimes prepare the meal. We love eating! My husband was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, so, I had to learn to adapt my cooking so it is gluten-free.
My favorite things to cook
I love to read cookbooks and recipes on-line. I love to try something new that I think my family will enjoy. My husband has a monthly meeting in our home and I always make a dessert (gluten-free, of course). They love it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
For Thanksgiving, I always have to make wild rice with mushrooms sauteed in butter as well as white rice. I make my mother-in-law's cranberry salad and at Christmas, I make my mom's version. My family always wants pecan and pumpkin pie, so I make a traditional version and a gluten-free version for hubby.
My cooking triumphs
Keeping my husband healthy with wonderful gluten-free meals; instilling in my kids a desire to cook and experiment in the kitchen (I know they won't starve when they get out on their own); hearing my family tell me how wonderful it is to have a mom/wife prepare so many good meals (I guess they know a lot of folks who don't cook so much).
My cooking tragedies
One Thanksgiving I grilled a pork loin instead of the traditional turkey, just for a change. My kids said it didn't feel like Thanksgiving because they missed the turkey. I'll never live it down because every Thanksgiving, someone says, "remember the year we had pork loin?"