I'm a lawyer who would really rather run her own bakery. I love bread, and I've spent many years perfecting my technique, including taking professional courses at King Arthur Flour in Vermont. As much as I love cooking, I love baking even more. And I live by the credo that people eat with their eyes first!
My favorite things to cook
Anything except seafood and organ meats. I don't enjoy either, and consequently, I am not great at cooking them, although I am improving when it comes to fish and shrimp. I'll try anything else - fearless!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents are both German immigrants, so my favorite traditions are baking at Christmastime, especially Christstollen and Nuernberger Lebkuchen. My daughters have shown an interest and talent in cooking and baking as well, and my greatest joy is decorating cookies with them, as they are quite artistic!
My cooking triumphs
I have developed a number of original recipes, of which my husband's favorite is my Buffalo Chicken Chili. Tastes just like chicken wings in a bowl.
My cooking tragedies
I once exploded an entire pot full of meat sauce I made for lasagna because I put a glass casserole dish on the stove burner, and that dish was not supposed to receive direct heat. That was a mess to clean up!