Vegetarian for more than 10 years--I'm constantly on the search for new foods. Although I am a librarian 40 hours a week, I still keep a part time job as a short order cook to keep me on my toes. Have been working as a cook in restaurants for about half my life.
My favorite things to cook
Soup--I love all kinds of soup. My other specialties include sandwiches (not your everyday stuff) beans, mexican, north african, italian, and I am trying to expand my basic asian knowledge.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Both of my grandmothers were great cooks--favorite memories would be preparing holiday meals with family--there was a job for everyone to do, no matter how young or old.
My cooking triumphs
It took about 4 years of experimenting, but I finally can do a truly exceptional (to my taste) red pasta sauce. A spectacular tagine, too. And I have to admit, when living in a palm frond hut on a beach in mexico for three months, I did surprise more than a few people with what I could turn out on a little electric burner.
My cooking tragedies
Let's just say that baking isn't nearly as forgiving as cooking on a stove. And I've eaten more than my fair share of not-cooked-long-enough dry beans.