I have so much fun cooking! I'm an internal medicine physician during the day, so I look forward to coming home to a nice glass of wine and making something quick, but semi-elegant and nutritious for dinner.
My favorite things to cook
Wow...I've never really thought of what my favorites are! My parents are both from Thailand, and my brother and I grew up cooking together as latchkey kids. My brother is an excellent chef and is now in the restaurant business, hoping to open his own restaurant someday. I love to make traditional Asian dishes, like Thai Chicken and Rice, or Chinese Spare Ribs. I also love Italian food and would like to finish my degree in the Italian language someday. My husband grew up in Iowa and loves my Alfredo sauce, mushroom risotto, good comfort food (i.e. stews, steaks,my garlic horseradish mashed potatoes, anything cheesy). I try to keep it a bit healthier with seafood, and vegetarian dishes from time to time. I love to make a chicken marsala. My godfather owns a winery, so wine is always a part of the meal!
My favorite family cooking traditions
One thing that's very important to both my husband and me is our "Family and Friends" night. On Sundays, we have friends and family come over for dinner. All kids and pets are welcome. It's a blast. We typically cook for between eight and fifteen people, depending on who's coming over. Usually dinner is buffet style and the type of food varies from week to week. I try to make it kid friendly, but also get the kids to try some things that they normally wouldn't otherwise. Both of my parents are also wonderful cooks, so when we visit them, we tend to have lots of aromatic, spicy Thai food. My father is also amazing on the grill!
My cooking triumphs
When I was in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I stopped in a tiny restaurant and ordered the paella...it was delicious!!! Big, bold flavor, calamari, chorizo, shrimp, mussels. When I got home, I played around with the saffron and turmeric until I got it to taste just like the original!!!
My cooking tragedies
Because I feed a lot of people on a weekly basis, my mishaps have come from doubling or tripling recipe quantities incorrectly, or getting distracted and doubling only part of a recipe. For instance, I once made a green savory rice with twice the amount of rice but then forgot to double all the other ingredients! It was a tasteless mess!