I'm an artist who since moving to Florida has branched out my creativity to the kitchen. I've been raised to appreciate food and the benefits that a varied diet can provide. So many wonderful and healthy foods all around us. I want to try them all! Now that I'm in a coastal Florida town, I have been all about utilizing all the fresh tropical and seafood options that are all caught and grown locally. ALWAYS choose local over imported when possible. Can't go wrong with supporting local businesses and it doesn't get any fresher!
My favorite things to cook
I love all foods except for cole slaw it seems :)
Mexican is my favorite by far but I appreciate all types of ethnic or traditional dishes. I always have to give each dish one or two tries, because you never know when you'll find your new favorite dish if you don't!
I have also recently worked on bento lunches (a Japanese way of packing and decorating take along meals in a lunchbox of sorts), which are a great way to control portion, keep variety in your meals and give yourself a creative treat to boot!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Homestyle cooking. I grew up trying all sorts of different foods and appreciating gourmet and fine dining as well. Lots of grilling, lots of hearty, home cooked and balanced meals and lots of enjoyable dining out. My mother was an amazing cook and has had prize winning recipes. I love exchanging recipes now that I'm on my own with my own home.
My folks still have a grand seafood feast every Christmas including lobsters, crab cakes, scallops and several different types of shrimp even though they live in the Midwest.
My cooking triumphs
Getting my boyfriend to eat vegetables and love it/not realize it! Picky eaters still need good food and I'm not about to let bland, boring stuff hit my plate! :) Seriously though, I've always had compliments on dishes since really jumping into cooking, but one of the nicest ones was hearing that my kitchen always smells like delicious and comforting things even if I'm not cooking. I like to experiment, so any type of new dish or ingredient is an adventure of sorts.
My cooking tragedies
Nothing too much yet, just slightly burning some meatball subs while getting used to the broiler at the new house. I've had a lot of good luck and good experience to watch and learn from. As long as I don't accidentally start any fires, I'm content.