I cook everything from scratch. My mom did when I was a kid and although I wish somedays I could just throw a TV dinner in the microwave, I can't give in to those poor tasting, nutritionally deficient meals! I'm a vegetarian of 22 years and slowly leaning more towards becoming a vegan as the years go by. Although I do cook poultry, fish and a rare occasion, steak for my husband (and this is only out of pure love!), I do not eat them. This makes it hard for me to judge my abilities in cooking meat or new meat recipes. I am a real beginning in this category. But with all things veggie, vegan and baking, I am pretty confident.
I hate fried foods, but love dessert!
My favorite things to cook
Baking bread, desserts, converting recipes using dairy and eggs to vegan. I like to make hearty vegetarian meals like pot pie, stews and loafs, but also eat a lot of raw foods. I rarely measure, unless baking, as I feel it takes up too much time, although sometimes (not often!) this comes back to bite me in the end results.
I really like to make hearty breakfasts too, with eggs (which I don't eat), breads, casseroles, fruits and juices, but I don't like breakfast foods! I just enjoy seeing my family enjoy eating these meals!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Real macaroni and cheese, Christmas cookies, crepes (from my husband's family).
My cooking triumphs
One Thanksgiving the familly was in an uproar-made three seperate compelete Thanksgiving meals (one with turkey, one vegetarian and one vegan) in three days. Worst part...all the cleanup!
My cooking tragedies
Where to start?! The biggest problems happen when I'm experiementing in making things ultra healthy--unfortunately many times they turn out ultra tasteless.