My Hungarian grandmother started me out cooking at a very young age. By 3 years old, I was helping stir onions in butter with paprika for oneo f her many amazing dishes, and she has the photos to prove it! I have been cooking as long as I can remember, and I love it!!
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new things!! I like to cook foods with lots of flavor and attitude! I love Hungarian and Irish fare the most, but I love to try different ethnic foods. Ethiopian is a new-found love. Mmmmmmmm!!
When it comes to baking, scratch cupcakes are a specialty!!
I also love to challenge my cooking skills over a hot bed of campfire coals!! I make a mean campfire stew!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma's Hungarian family recipes are the greatest confort foods I know. One thing I share with my dad and grandma is only half following certain recipes and "eyeing" out measurements. I like to feel my recipes when I get comfortable with a favorite and make it my own.
My cooking triumphs
I smoked a beer-can turkey on the bbq. It was absolutely AMAZING!! Everyone raved about it for weeks!! And I tell ya, the soup that came from those left overs was incredible!!
My cooking tragedies
I listened to a friend with very little cooking experience. I was trying out a tropical fruit turkey stuffing and my friend who was helping me, insisted we toast the bread. She claimed that's what he mom does. All I could think was, "won't that make it mushy?" Well it sure did! We had tropical mush!! It smelled amazing and made the turkey taste yummy, but the mushy texture was hard to get past! Stuffing lovers around the world wept! :p