I'm a writer and hobbyist chef. I'm slowly developing a wonderful kitchen of whozits and whatsits to make cooking that much more convenient and fun. Though some things, like bread and ice cream, are more interesting the old-fashioned way, in my opinion.
My favorite things to cook
I get attached to a recipe and make it over and over again for months--so my favorites rotate. I'm very interested in expanding my pallet, though, and learning to cook some of the Middle Eastern classics I crave as well as some slightly experimental vegetables in more healthful dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a dysfunctional family - a mother who hates to cook and a father who adores good food but orders pizza best. I've learned by experimentation, practice and interrogating my best friend and her mother who cook like their lives depend on it.
My cooking triumphs
Baking bread for the first time and having it come out beautiful and fluffy and golden.
My cooking tragedies
Occasionally the workings of new ingredients still elude me. I recently hosted a dinner party for some friends and the desert--a low-fat vanilla panna cotta--was ruined when I picked up jam jelly mix instead of actual gelatin. Still learning!