I'm learning. Honestly, I've spent most of my life a complete disaster in the kitchen, but after living on my own for a few years, I've grown quite tired of Ramen noodles. I'm cathcing on, slowly, but the learning process is fun and yummy (most of the time.) I'm teaching myself to be a great cook, and I've really come to love allrecipes. It's such a great place for information and inspiration. I enjoy learning about the world through food. Exploring ingredients and cuisine's of the world.
My favorite things to cook
Everything right now, I'm a bit naive. I'm experimenting with a lot of different kinds of cooking. I love working with fresh ingredients and herbs. I haven't dabbled much in baking yet, but I think that's going to be my next attempt. I try to cook with the seasons, aiming for the freshest and tastiest produce.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Watching my mom cook and being told I'm not allowed within 5ft of the oven. She wasn't mean, she had good reason. I personally caused the death of 2 toasters, 1 microwave, the inside of an oven and an intire kitchen counter as a kid! I love hearty foods; grew up on meat and potatoes, but I'm trying to eat healthier and work in more veggies and lean meats.
My cooking triumphs
My first success was a recipe from this site. Braised Balsamic Chicken. It came out perfect and really upped my confidence level. Recently I've had a little success with some great Halibut fillets and a couple of nice steaks. I made a strawberry-chocolate mousse cake that came out beautifully!
My cooking tragedies
Ooooo... too many to count. I've actually screwed up Jello before. Yeah, the instant kind. Like I said, I'm not naturally good at this, so in the beginning there were far more tragedies than successes, but recently, I've learned to adapt in the kitchen and fix problems as they occur. Lately, my tragedies are becoming much less tragic.