I am 24 years old and I live in Colorado with my wonderful boyfriend Jon and our dog Ruby. I am all about healthy food and a balanced diet. I hardly ever look at recipes, if at all, unless I am baking. If I do, it's usually to get ideas for ingredients. I would love to be able to put some of my dises in to recipe form, but I rarely have any clue what quantities are involved! For example, I just made the most divine vegetarian stuffed shells with bolognese sauce, but I would be hard pressed to write everything down!
My favorite things to cook
anything with raw vegetables. I am crazy about cold salads, ceviches, salsas and slaws!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother taught my father to make chicken soup with matzo balls and he taught me. It's definitely seasonal, but it's one of my all-time favorites.
I love to cook all day. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Most every Sunday I hit the grocery store and spend the entire afternoon cooking up all the food I will eat for the week.
My cooking triumphs
My first pork chops and gravy in college. I asked my mother what would be a cheap and easy meal, and that was her recommendation. I haven't made it in a long time, but it was the first thing I mastered after all the over-cooked noodles with mustard based flour sauces. (Yuck!)
My cooking tragedies
Once I tried to make a potato gratin with beer and chedder cheese, it smelled so amazing, but when I took it out of the oven the cheese had seperated and the beer had spoiled. I have also broken a hollandaise, and grossly over-spiced an apple pie.