I love to cook and find time to squeeze it into my busy schedule as a family physician. Thus, I've become a master of quick meals and desserts. I've recently joined a CSA and this has pushed me to use ingredients I have never cooked with before. It's been interesting, we'll say ;)
My favorite things to cook
Anything. I LOVE my pressure cooker and crock pot--they are two best friends. Most of all, I love desserts, and have an incredible sweet tooth, and never really eat junk otherwise. My specialty is currently cupcakes. They can look elegant without all the jazz. All it takes is an icing bag and a natural topper!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have a multi-blended family of Hungarian and Italian. From both I've learned to cook by taste. I just sort of know what ingredients go well together, or what needs added. That being said, I'm often the one who can pick out most ingredients in a recipe. From my Hungarian side I've learned that sour cream in anything = delicious. From my Italian side, I've learned how to cook dinner for a small army when I'm really cooking for two people.
My cooking triumphs
I mastered Ina Garten's chocolate cake. I win!!
No, but really, the ability to nail French macarons on the first try. They were amazing, but the real trick is to actually get them off the pan. I'm working on it.
My cooking tragedies
When I first started cooking, I made an apple pie for a boyfriend and took it when I visited him. I wanted him to taste it first, but someone in his family beat me to it. When I tasted it--it was terrible. Terrible. Apparently I put too much lemon into my recipe. No one admitted to eating it and I can't say I blame them. No one complained when it went missing into the bottom of a garbage can by the next morning.
I also chopped the tip of my thumb off with an Ikea knife (I know, I know), only to be found on the floor by my husband, my hand bleeding quite vigorously. In reality it wasn't much, but I don't deal well with my own blood. I may have also requested my Final Rites. Dramatic? Perhaps.