I'm an elementary art teacher and cooking is definitely a creative outlet for me. I love traveling, running (getting ready for my 2nd half marathon!), and teaching my kids!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook most things, but have recently tried cooking more and more vegetarian and middle eastern and Indian food. I love a good dessert, thought, as well as just about anything with apples. . .
I've also experiment recently with different breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a family of cooks! We've even made our own family cookbook and it's my most referenced book.
Every Christmas eve, we make sweet rolls that are heated up and eaten for Christmas breakfast. Even the two years that I lived in Kenya, Christmas morning began with sweet rolls.
My cooking triumphs
When I lived in Kenya, I had to make pretty much anything I wanted to eat. My favorite successes included graham crackers, wheat thins, egg rolls, flan, tortilla chips, tortelini, and chimichangas--all completely from scratch.
My cooking tragedies
There are too many to count! My most embarrassing episode involved the first time I cooked whole chickens. . . upside down. It would not have been so bad if my dinner guests had not included four surgeons, who watched me poke the chicken for several minutes with my knife before one of them finally broke down and told me why I couldn't find any meat to cut. It tasted great, though, when we finally flipped it over.