I'm a pretty good cook, but there's always more to learn. I can follow most any recipe, but where I'm trying to branch out is improvisational cooking, being able to put together amazing dishes just with what's at hand without needing a recipe to follow. I love reading cookbooks for inspiration, and I also enjoy making meals from various cuisines.
My favorite things to cook
My all-time favorite dishes are spanakopita and chicken paprikash, spanakopita because I love spinach and chicken paprikash because it's a traditional family dish.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Around Christmastime, my dad makes my grandfather's sugar cookie recipe and the entire family decorates them. My dad is my mentor, he's the type of cook who's able to work instinctively. I don't think I've ever seen him use a recipe card.
My cooking triumphs
Completely-from-scratch cream puffs, including the cream filling! It's very time consuming and the cream has to be watched like a hawk, but it's worth it.
My cooking tragedies
There's a story about me as a teenager burning spaghetti... I've improved greatly since then!