I learned to cook as soon as I could see the top of the stove. My mom taught me how to cook Southern, and my grandmother taught me how to make the best mexican food. Asian I'm learning for myself. I love cooking for other people. It's not as much fun if I'm the only one who gets to eat!
My favorite things to cook
Mexican food, especially burritos, enchiladas and rellenos. Seafood, especially the unusual stuff. Desserts with berries! I love making soups and anything spicy is awesome.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas in New Mexico, we had tamales and enchiladas, beans, sopapillas and home-made tortillas. On my birthdays, my mom would teach me a new cake receipe and we would make it together. Now we have the drinking-some-wine-and-putting-together-tamales tradition. So many memories.
My cooking triumphs
Finally having my dad compliment my cooking last year when I made spicy stuffed chicken breasts, steamed asparagus and almonds, and garlicky mashed potatos, with German Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert. I've been witing all my life for that!
My cooking tragedies
In New Mexico, you have to use the pressure cooker for EVERYTHING (high altitude is fun like that!). Once I was making beans, and I got distracted, then I hear *BOOM*, so I run to the kitchen, and there's beans on the walls, on the ceiling, and a huge hole where the weight went. Fun!