Hi! I'm 29 and a school counselor, the oldest of four kids, happily married, lover of food, dogs, relaxing, decorating and hostessing. I was born and raised in New York City- home to the world's best restaurants and quite possibly the tiniest kitchens...in spite of this I love to cook, especially create new recipes using "ordinary" ingredients!
My favorite things to cook
I'm Irish/Italian and my husband is Salvadoran/Dominican, so I cook a lot of recipes from those cuisines, (especially Italian!), or any dish calling for fresh ingredients and great seasonings or spices. As far as favorite cooking methods, I prefer cooking sauces, chili, or anything in a big pot or pan on the stove, where I am free to use my favorite method, the "taste test". I don't love baking, only because the recipes are so exact- I feel like there's no room to play around. But occasionally my sweet tooth gets me craving cookies and brownies...so when the mood hits, I bake! :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, whether it was a holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas or a just-for-fun gathering, parties centered around a big table of delicious food. Helping my mother menu plan, and then cook, for guests was always so much fun. Now I throw my own parties, and the main focus is great food! That's what life is about- being around the people you love, eating, drinking, and laughing.
My cooking triumphs
Recipe requests, no leftovers even though I cooked double as much as needed, and being asked to bring food to other people's parties are among my everyday triumphs. It feels great to have gotten to a point where I have some stellar recipes in my repertoire that I know will impress.
My cooking tragedies
I cook every day, so in addition to the regular recipes in my rotation, I try 2-3 new recipes each week. "Tragedy" might be too strong a word, but I'm disappointed when something doesn't turn out the way I'd hoped, especially since I take care to select recipes that look promising or feature our favorite ingredients.