I'm a college student and during the week, I like things that are simple to make. But when it comes to family and holidays, I don't mind going all out and trying new recipes or sticking with the tried and true family recipes.
My favorite things to cook
I'll bake just about anything, although I'm still trying to get a hold of baking bread.
Other than that, I love to cook pasta dishes the most.
My favorite family cooking traditions
On my dad's side of the family, it's all about quantity and variety. Everyone makes something and it's always different and fun to see what someone's going to bring to our family get together.
On my mom's side, it's mostly the tried and true recipes. Now that I'm older, I always get to go help on holidays and green bean casserole has been my staple holiday dish.
My cooking triumphs
The Christmas after I made the disaster fudge from below, I needed to redeem myself. My cousin called and asked if I could take care of the Christmas snacks because she was pregnant. I baked about a dozen different snacks, all of which I had never made without my mom's assistance. All of them were such a success that I'll be making them for every special occasion from now on.
My cooking tragedies
Ever since I was little, I always watched my mom, grandma, and aunt cook like crazy. One of my favorite recipes was my grandma's fudge. She made it for every special occasion and my mom altered it to make this fabulous vanilla-toffee fudge. After my grandma passed away, I attempted to make it for my dad's side of the family for Christmas. Everyone was so excited because we hadn't had it since she passed away. Upon making it, it wouldn't set. Come to find out, I used WAY too much evaporated milk. It tasted fine, but it was more of a dessert soup than a fudge.