I love to cook and I love the supermarket. Both are so soothing to me. Planning and shopping for a meal are amazing stress relievers. I love to cook in large quantities and serve lots of people. Sometimes I'll even cook stuff I don't like or when I'm not even hungry just to feed other people around me. I love it.
My favorite things to cook
SOUP!!!!! It's probably the best thing ever created ever. It's so inviting and soothing and so versatile. Anything can be made into soup. I also love to cook with black beans, garlic, lemon, crushed tomatoes, grains, lentils, and olives. These are just some of my staple ingredients. I love trying new recipes and new cooking styles. A favorite challenge of mine is to make hearty meals that happen to be vegetarian. For instance, I make a mean black bean empanada and amazing sauteed brussel sprouts. I also love to marinate and grill anything I can get my hands on.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family didn't cook. I grew up in a family of foodies who ate out 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I always loved all the new foods I was exposed to growing up and the new flavor combinations I learned day in and day out. Unfortunately our kitchen was never used for cooking or preparing so I couldn't explore these flavors myself. I think that is why I enjoy it so much now as an adult. I can finally explore all the foods and ideas I've filed away in my brain during all these years of eating out.
My cooking triumphs
Black bean empanadas, vegetarian cuban soup, vegan chili, oven roasted turkey, apple pie, chicken noodle soup, lentils and rice, burgers, and marinara sauce.
My cooking tragedies
Silken tofu!!!! I once tried to make a vegan alfredo sauce that substituted cream with tofu. It was the worst thing I ever made and it had to be dumped out. The kicker is that I'm not even a vegetarian.