I'm 25 and live with my boyfriend in lovely Western Massachusetts. It's kind of rural, but the area has a lot of colleges, hence many forward-thinking people. We love to dine out at the swank eateries around here, but we can't afford to go often, so I thought I'd figure out how to make all that food at home. I had often visited other sites for recipes, but I just recently found this little community, and I've already added several delicious recipes to my repertory!
I've been cooking ever since I was a young girl. My grandfather could cook anything. I often hung around the kitchen, helping out and learning. Stirring the pot, chopping the vegetables: these things are therapeutic. Cooking is meaningful to me.
My favorite things to cook
I love a traditional Sunday meat and potatoes big family meal. I'd like to experiment more with different spices, and different ethnic foods, but I've been somewhat tentative. I'm hoping I'll take some chances and learn many new things here.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite things to cook with my grandfather were homefries and potato pancakes for breakfast. My mother, sister, and I also bake cookies and make my grandmother's secret recipe apple pie at Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
I made corn chowder without a recipe and it came out soooo good! I trusted myself enough to just use my cook's intuition and knowledge to construct the soup. This might sound like nothing big, but it was a total triumph for me. I think that was the day I really knew I was a cook.
My cooking tragedies
Once I only added half the flour needed to a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I wondered why the dough seemed off. They were edible, kind of...very buttery! oops:)