Love, love, love to be in the kitchen. Oh, and I have a tendency to agree to making the most ludicrously difficult dishes. I love a challenge!
My favorite things to cook
Cooking, baking or candy making. Uhm... that's not very specific is it? I suppose baking cakes. I also aspire to make the perfect caramels & learn how to properly temper chocolate.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving & Christmas. My Godmother was big on making elaborate meals that brought the whole family together. She isn't with us anymore but I'll never forget the feeling of anticipation when we arrived at her house & it smelled of Turkey & fresh baked pie.
My cooking triumphs
Making people smile. There is something about a homemade meal, cookie or piece of candy that warms a person from the inside out. When I've given that fuzzy feeling of gastronomical satisfaction to someone - it is the BEST feeling in the world.
My cooking tragedies
My most recent would have to be the Scharffenberger incident. In an attempt to *soften* a $10 bar I got distracted & let it completely melt... into a giant puddle... on my stove. The salvaged remaining chunk was thrown into the freezer & mocks me every time I dare open the frozen compartment.