I want to give kudos here to the two people I credit with teaching me how to cook. In the early part of my life, my best friend, one of the saviours of my life, was my cooking (and lifeskills) mentor. Her name is Joan. My mom is a great cook, but she didn't use recipes and do you know how frustrating it is to have someone always telling you, "I don't know- I just eyeball it?" My friend, Joan, used recipes and always had her favorites, which she shared with me. Next is my sister, Karen- she is a totally "free-form" chef. She and her husband, Pat, have been working in, managing, or doing their own thing in cooking for the last 25 years. I would say maybe 15 years ago, Karen set me free- she told me and taught me that I don't need recipes anymore- I just needed to know generally what spices went with what and to experiment- to use recipes as a guide, but to go free form and make do with what I had. No more substitution lists! I have LOVED cooking ever since.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook everything- I try to stay away from fatty recipes- but the blue cheese fried potatoes sounded too good to resist! My hubby is getting good on the smoker and I enjoy eating the dry ribs he makes. My mom was a great Korean cook and those dishes are special to our family. I like things that are highly seasoned and luckily, so does my hubby. We are both getting fat and are continuing to be happy. Unfortunately- the fat part.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Korean- bul-go-gi, chop chae, Korean seasoned spare ribs, spinach kimchee, cabbage kimchee
Pies- particularly fruit pies and pecan pie
My cooking triumphs
Anh- I don't know. No MONUMENTAL dishes, but when my husband says, "This is the best dinner EVER," I am content. Fortunately, that's often. :)
My cooking tragedies
Once I forgot to put the sugar in a fresh sour cherry pie- oh my goodness- it was SOUR! LOL! Even vanilla ice cream couldn't redeem it!!