Hi! I'm a registered nurse turned stay at home mom from Charleston, SC. I love cooking and baking, which I thank my mother for because she is awesome in the kitchen and the most patient teacher ever!! When I'm not creating in my kitchen I can be found scrapbooking in my craft room or curled up with a good book. I love all recipes and get a lot of inspiration from the wonderful cooks here!
My favorite things to cook
I especially love making comfort foods! I'm known for my casseroles, stews, soups, and baked goods. Most of the week I try to keep it healthy, but there has to be at least one meal that totally warms my heart and soul.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas our whole family gathered on Christmas eve for a HUGE party. My dad is the youngest of 7 children, and they all took turns hosting each year. The women would be in the kitchen preparing all the traditional foods that have come symbolize the perfect holiday meal to me. The smell was mouthwatering and the atmosphere was so homey and full of love it could have been a Norman Rockwell painting. The snack table was laden with every kind of dip, sweet treat, and finger food imagineable. All of us cousins (and there were many!) helped in the kitchen, played together, and attacked the snack table until dinner was ready. After dinner and pies were eaten we would suddenly hear bells jingling and miracle of miracles--Santa would visit with his huge bag of gifts! Then the adults and children settled in for a long evening of Michigan Rummy (with the occaisional break for more apple or pumpkin pie, or maybe a turkey sandwich!)
My cooking triumphs
One of my earliest cooking triumphs was as a young bride when I was asked to bring the cheeseball to the family Christmas party. The cheeseball has been a tradition in our family from the earliest days of the party and I felt very unworthy of preparing it. The recipe was passed on to me that year and it came out perfectly!! Who could have guessed something that tasted that good would be so simple to make!
My cooking tragedies
It was my first Christmas in South Carolina. We had 2 baby daughters and we were far away from our family. I invited some new friends over for Christmas dinner. Having never prepared the whole meal by myself I ran into unanticipated complications and disasters. When our friends arrived all the windows in the house were opened to let out the smoke which was pouring from the oven and filling our home. The sweet potatoe casserole had overflowed the pan and was burning off the bottom of the oven! Our smoke filled house of that day has become a longstanding joke with our friends!