I am obsessed with my job....ok, call me a workaholic. So, I have far too little time to enjoy my most relaxing hobby, cooking and baking. One of my first memories is being in the kitchen with my mother. Most kids have a favorite toy...I had a favorite spoon!
My favorite things to cook
I love to experiment with random ingredients that I have in my pantry. When I was a child, my mother taught me how to keep a "well stocked larder", and I have always enjoyed making up spur of the moment recipes from what I find. Winter is my favorite time of the year; great for soups, stews, bread baking and all those holiday goodies!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up in a Polish household, my mother, grandmother and aunts were fantastic European cooks. Our house always smelled terrific at mealtime, but especially during the holidays. My mother made amazing sweet breads with almond, poppy seed, farmer's cheese, jam, or fruit fillings.
My cooking triumphs
I attempted a rather difficult Baked Alaska for my father's birthday when I was a teenager, and although I was extremely nervous about putting ice cream under the broiler to brown the meringue topping, it came out perfect! I was hooked on trying unusual recipes after that.
My cooking tragedies
When we were first married I made a Mexican dish, Chiliquiles and used a couple tablespoons of crushed chili peppers that my mother had given me. My husband could only choke down a few bites, and then had to make a mad dash for a glass of water. Little did I know that the crushed peppers were an extremely hot variety...and just a pinch would go a loooooong way!