I am a 33 year old cancer survivor. I grew up in Arizona, lived in Salem Oregon for a few years and now live in Sierra Vista, AZ. I have been with my fiance for twelve years and live with him and our dog. They are both extremely happy to be my official guinea pigs.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, experimenting with pasta and figuring out exactly how to recreate restaurant dishes at home. I would probably have added dozens of recipes to this site if I hadn't learned cooking my mother's way - I almost never measure unless I am baking. We just eyeball everything and add "a little bit of this and a little bit of that" and nearly every time we make something, it's made a little bit different.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have a few traditions mostly around the holidays. Every Thanksgiving we absolutely have to have broccoli casserole, which even broccoli haters love, and Christmas is not complete without our totally mutable pasta salad, Grandma's pumpkin pies, Mom's Scottish shortbread (recipe gotten from an actual Scot) and many other treats. My mother is an absolutely fabulous cook who is always experimenting. If you ask her for a recipe, she will tell you there isn't one, which I think has made us all fabulous cooks since we have to figure out half on our own how she got something she made taste so good!
My cooking tragedies
There has only been one time in my entire life that I made something so awful it was inedible. It was pasta and I don't remember what I put in it besides chicken and honey mustard, but I truly thought it would be okay until I tasted it. It was when I had first started REALLY cooking, and maybe I had started getting cocky or something. I was too inexperienced to know how to fix it, at any rate. The two most important things a cook can have in their arsenal are a good palate and experience. My good palate told me to scrap it and order Chinese.