If you found me on a desert island, I would have found a way to dance, write, sketch, and cook. And I would be happy. These are the activities that give me joy. Coming home and making something delicious smooths out the creases in the day.
My favorite things to cook
Are extravagant desserts. Sometimes I feel like I've bitten off more than I can chew, but I always find a tip or trick from a friend that makes everything come together. I love making my friends and family feel spoiled and pampered.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oh! Too many! Flourless chocolate cake and almond-apricot torte for Passover, spicy Szechuan green beans and Thai coconut sticky rice for New Years, Mom's stuffing with gravy and my double layer pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving! Oh, so good!
My cooking triumphs
A five-layer chocolate/Irish cream cake filled with dark chocolate ganache and iced with white chocolate mocha buttercream. Perfect caramel apples.
A properly done steak is always a triumph too.
My cooking tragedies