Single but with friends, family, co-workers, etc. who love what comes from my kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
Since I have a severe lycopene allergy I've learned to substitute many foods for what I used to love. I've been very creative with Mexican dishes and have increased my love and ability to cook Japanese meals, in addition to Thai and Vietnamese dishes. However, as a Southern gal I'm best with Southern dishes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I still remember the times when my brother and I would fight over the remnants of the dessert bowls (before salmonella, that is). With family I keep it simple yet very flavorful in order to avoid salt and an excess of sugar.
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I succeed in copying and then adapting a favorite restaurant meal that have my own special takes. I've gotten Olive Garden's salad and chicken fettucine dish down; a favorite Greek restaurant's "antipasto" course down pat; and now I'm working on Chipotle's.
My cooking tragedies
Still being unable to make a proper Southern chicken 'n' dumplings dinner (my mother can do this blindfolded); when a peach cobbler I made completely from scratch (well, except for the flour) was ruined by using my friend's shortening (she didn't tell me she'd had it for two years!!!) during a New Year's friend gathering; finding out that I was allergic to lycopene and therefore losing gazpacho, watermelon gazpacho, cacciatore, authentic Indian curry, bruschetta, etc. from my repertoire. That still saddens me, even though it's been 8 years - there just aren't substitutes for tomato and melons!