I'm a city dweller who enjoys cooking. I've been an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 6 years, and I'm always looking for new, creative and exciting dishes to add to my collection. I like to try new things, although I love my old standby recipes, too. Anyway, I enjoy sites like this where real cooks showcase their skills, and share their recipes. I try to learn a new recipe everytime I log on.
My favorite things to cook
Bread, Cookies, Brownies, Cakes, Pies (I like making the dairy-free versions of all these desserts), Vegetables, Soups, Whole Grains (Bulgur, Quinoa), Dips (like hummus, and guacamole)..Lots o' veggie inspired dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't really have traditions in my family growing up. We ate what we could afford, and we didn't complain. That probably sounds familiar to many of you! But after becoming a vegetarian, alot of options seemed to open up to me. I find that the more I educate myself about the variety of delicious and nutritious whole foods out there, the more I want to experiment. Now we are trying to build a new tradition in my household, one that I hope to pass down to future generations!
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made cheesecake was amazing! Yep, to expert cooks, this is nothing special, but I just knew something would go wrong..I suprised myself when I realized I knew more about cooking than I'd previously thought. It was one of the best I'd ever tasted, and it inspired me to experiment more and more in the kitchen.
My cooking tragedies
Once while making vegetarian "meat" sauce (a "specialty" of mine) I burned-rather scorched!-the entire pan of ingredients. There was no way to use it, and I was worried I'd have to throw the pan away, too; it was blackened. I ended up eating peanut butter and jelly that night!