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I am a stay-at-home mom of a 1 year old boy and a 4 year old girl. I love to cook, collect cookbooks, read, cross stitch and play with my children.
My husband is an Elementary Principal. It's hard keeping up with his schedule because of all the meetings and events he needs to attend. So, I'm always trying to keep meal planning simple and quick, because many time's he gives me short notice that he'll only be home for 30 min. then off to a meeting or supervising an event.
Growing up my mother worked until 5pm and would come home and make a home cooked meal. We very rarely ate out. For me to be to stay at home I wonder how she was able to do it all.
My favorite meals that she made were comfort food: goulash, minute steaks with mashed potatoes and gravy, pork chops with gravy and potatoes, beef stew over rice, chicken noodle soup, vegetable beef soup among many others. Everything she makes is from scratch. I won't forget once when I told her I made instant potatoes, I thought she was going to have a heart attack (I still use instant every now and then, just don't let her know).
We also spent a lot of time with our grandmother's who knew how to cook.
I like all kinds of food. I'll try just about any new (ethnic) food. I get a lot of compliments when I cook for people. I enjoy making appetizers. If my family would eat appetizers for supper that would make my day.
We lived in California for seven years and I would say my favorite restaurants are still the one's there. I enjoy Marie Callender's (oriental salad), Chuy's (salsa and buffalo wings), Richie's Diner (just about anything), Souplantation (Sweet Tomatoes in the Midwest), and Red Robin (Santa Fe Burger) which we also have here in IA. When we go back to California I'm sure most of our time will be spent eating out.