I'm a total science nerd with OCD. Except for when I enter the kitchen. I have measuring cups but I hardly ever use them and when I do, I don't scrape the flour off evenly when making a loaf of bread. I am a total foodie. I'm also on a budget. This means that if I want to eat the most amazing meal in whatever city I happen to be living in at the moment, I better be able to make it myself. Thank you AllRecipes.com, you've saved my foodie many times. I'm also a wine connoisseur and love pairing my new favorite dishes with the many fine wines I keep stashed in my cellar (aka my closet, under the bed, wherever the next bottle will fit and not be found by my sister or a well-meaning friend).
My favorite things to cook
I love to make Mexican food. And breakfast. And pretty much anything that includes an avocado. I'm also getting pretty good at making my own pasta sauce and even noodles. When you're broke and hungry but ramen is not what you want nor what is good for your soul, you get creative. Thank goodness Trader Joe's sells cheap but wholesome ingredients and I inherited professional french cookware. I've made more amazing meals in the last year than my mother has made her entire life. Granted my mom worked 3 jobs, raised 3 kids on her own, and hates to cook. Did I mention she's my best friend and recipe taster?
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays are all about comfort food. Cheesy potatoes, cherry blintzes, and juicy hams and turkeys for the carnivores. When it's a plain old fun night we love to make appetizers and small bites that pair well with the many fine California wines available in our backyard. And baking cookies with grandma, hardly anything better!
My cooking triumphs
Breads of all sorts (especially bagels), pasta sauces (tomato and cream based), pasta noodles, Greek cuisine, sushi, grilled fish entrees, appetizers, vegetable dishes.
My cooking tragedies
I once tried a recipe that included squash, sun-dried tomatoes, rigatoni noodles, and a sour cream based sauce. Let me just say that curdled sour cream is never good. It's especially bad with all of the above.