I'm happiest when I am making others laugh, and if there's good food around, hey - instant party! My perfect Sunday is spending hours in the kitchen preparing a tasty, new dish (unless it's football season, then you can't get me away from the TV). I started cooking in January 2007, after entering a new relationship. The relationship is over, but my love of cooking has grown!
My favorite things to cook
When I am cooking for myself, I prefer stir fried chicken and veggies (why make a big fuss if it's only for me?). However, since I've been cooking a litte more seriously, I've found a fabulous lasagna (from the Taste of Home cookbook), an incredibly tasty sausage soup (made even better by other allrecipes.com cooks' reviews), and I just recently printed out some BBQ shrimp recipes to try ... I'll keep you posted! UPDATE: I've found a lot of great shrimp marinades .. see my reviews for favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hm. I don't have too many of these. I had a wonderful southern Granny who had the best recipes for Fried Chicken with Grease Gravy and Red Velvet Cake. That's as close to family cooking traditions as I can get.
My cooking triumphs
Definitely the lasagna! Chris (mockingly) got down on one knee after just one bite! I've had success experimenting with veggies - the baked asparagus with sauteed mushrooms is probably the best one. Although my No-Fry French Fries are pretty good too (I think the sage is what makes 'em so great!). UPDATE: My ex-boyfriend flipped over Grandma Ople's Apple Pie, and started calling me his little amateur chef.
My cooking tragedies
Thankfully, I haven't had too many of these yet, and I've never had to send out for an emergency pizza. However, I am new to this, so just give me some time! I'll keep you updated on this as well...
UPDATE - okay, almost had to send out for an emergency pizza after making the Szechwan Shrimp (just terrible!), but it was Halloween, so I just ate candy.