Entered cooking school at age 18, switched to Hotel Management where I worked in the hotel biz in San Francisco for a few years, then onto a major in accounting where I practiced as a CPA for 8 years until becoming a stay-at-home mom. I now do non-profit accounting part time, take care of my kids, and still enjoy cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Anything new and interesting I haven't tried before.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband eschews anything white (except soy milk and plain yogurt) so my challenge and family traditions involve making interesting and edible meals with whole grains, such as spelt, whole wheat, quinoa, etc.
My cooking triumphs
Made my first Baked Alaska at age 10.
My cooking tragedies
Used baking soda instead of baking powder (or was it the otherway around?) when making Madeleines for my daughter's school birthday celebration. They rose really domed in the middle, and were tough and dry as sponges!
At 15, pulled a cherry pie out of the oven where it promptly tipped over and landed, face down, on the inside of the oven door! Boo hoo! (I think I may have even cried.)