Oct. 8, 2009 8:57 am
Updated: Oct. 8, 2009 10:21 am
For a while now, I've had a terrible cooking block. I was exhausted, and depressed. I really didn't know how to get back into the swing of things, nor did I really want to. However, it seems my cooking block stemmed directly from the stress in my marriage. Ever since our…
I'm a single mom of three kids living in a suburb of Baltimore. I work full time, so cooking sometimes feels like a chore. However...I'm trying to fix that. I love to cook when I learn new techniques; like when I finally figured out how to cook with my stainless steel pans without everything sticking. That only took me 10 years!
My favorite things to cook
I'm from an italian american family, so of course I love italian food! My favorites are italian desserts. Oooh, I always love to cook tex-mex because I never seem to ruin those dishes. Also, I'm perfecting my east asian dishes thanks to AllRecipes.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to cook meats in my stainless steel pans! For ten years I ruined salmon and chicken. It's not like my pans came with instructions. Who knew that a hot pan, and olive oil added at the right time could produce a slick, non-stick surface? Now fish comes out of the pan with crispy skin!
My cooking tragedies
Oh boy. I've had tons of those, but the most memorable one was when I started dating my ex-husband. I tried to make a hearty beef stew, but made a burnt mess instead. I worked so hard! My grandmother told me to hide it and try to start over. Hide it?! How do you hide smelly stew? I was so disappointed that I cried...but, now we laugh about it (although I have never attempted to make stew again).