I LOVE food, probably too much. I was an incredibly unhealthy eater as a kid and teenager. I hated most vegetables, salads, most meat, and any dish where different foods were 'mixed' together! In other words, pretty much everything. My tastebuds changed dramatically when I went to college, and I have enjoyed rediscovering food and learning how to prepare dishes I would have never touched in my earlier life.
I worked as a prepcook at Perelandra Natural Foods in Brooklyn back in early 2006, which began my interest in vegan and vegetarian cooking. I am now a vegetarian and enjoying preparing delicious veggie meals for my husband, who doesn't like to cook - but loves to eat, just like me.
My favorite things to cook
Mexican-themed feasts - enchiladas, quesadillas, guacamole
Greek foods like Spanokopita and Hummus
Breakfast foods - omelettes, egg sandwiches, pancakes
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is an amazing cook and an exceptional baker. I am still learning from her every time I go home to visit. My favorite foods by mom? Delicious soups and stews made from scratch served with homemade biscuits (my favorite!), creamy pastas and tortellini dishes, her famous Easter bread, and my all-time favorite: her homemade crandberry-walnut Christmas cookies!
My cooking triumphs
I have made amazing Spanokopita dishes for friends on more than one occasion - most recently served along with an authentic Greek salad.
I was fortunate to learn how to make homemade tortillas from a Mexican woman who happens to be a migrant worker, along with her husband. It's taken much practice, but I have made a few invented Mexican dishes using tortillas made from scratch, including a "Mexican Tortilla Casserole" and "Baked Burritos" which I plan to submit to the site...
My cooking tragedies
I have had many, as any good chef has had :)
My earliest memory was - at age 8 - deciding to make breakfast in bed for my parents on their anniversary. My younger sister and I decided to make pancakes, but I couldn't read fractions yet and misread 1/4 cup as 1-4 cups :) Needless to say, we had a runny mess. Luckily, my parents thought it was adorable and Mom saved the day by making everyone thick and fluffy-delicious pancakes.