I grew up in Alaska and started cooking just out of high school. My mom is the one who inspired me to start cooking, and now I just can't get enough. I am always searching for the perfect recipe of an old favorite or something totally new to my palate.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook soups, pasta dishes, casseroles, and yummy appetizers. I also love to cook with wine...it makes sauces taste so much better!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is a great cook and we grew up eating lots of soups, so that is what I love to cook the most. They are generally easy to make, very flavorful, and usually taste better the next day as leftovers.
My cooking tragedies
In high school, my mom and I made pea soup and left it to "simmer" while we went to church. When we got back, the whole house was filled with black smoke and I thought our house was burning down. It turns out that one of us forgot to turn the heat down to low and it was on high the whole time! Our pea soup had completed burned down, and the bottom of the pot was black. We had to throw it out and air out the house for a few days!