I grew up in a small farming community, so I learned to cook at a young age. My brother and I loved to see who could learn to cook a new recipe first. It made learning that much more fun. Now I take care of my Grandmother and she's taught me a lot of recipes from when she learned to cook. Cooking from scratch is the best way to go, for me. Although, I do have a few time savers, for unexpected company or when I have to go to work on the spur of the moment.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are vegetarian dishes that my family and friends eat without realizing that they're eating vegetarian food. As long as they keep eating them, I'll keep cooking them. Mexican and Asian cuisine are tied for second place.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is during the holiday season. My Grandmother helps me with as much of the food preparations as she can. It's a great bonding time for the two of us. We make everything from homemade cranberry sauce to homemade candies and cookies. Everyone of our family and friends loves the outcome of our collaboration.
My cooking triumphs
I think my biggest cooking triumph was when I made a huge Cinco De Mayo feast from scratch for my friends, including a couple of friends who are from Mexico. Everyone raved about the food for weeks.
My cooking tragedies
My worst cooking tragedy would have to be when I first tried to make Jambalaya. It was terrible. You couldn't even get it past your nose to taste it, it was so bad. Even though I had no idea what I had done wrong, I tried again some time later. This time it was a success. I guess sometimes screwing up really bad the first time, makes you try all the harder to do it right the next time.