I'm a 26-year-old, married law student living in Dallas, TX. My son was born in October 2010. I have been baking since I was about 5 and cooking since I was able to reach the stove. Cooking and shopping for cooking-related things are my favorite past times. I love the challenge of eating at a restaurant and recreating my family's favorite dishes at home!
My favorite things to cook
I think chicken parmesan was one of the first dishes that I made for a group of friends, so it will always be a favorite. I also love to make enchiladas, different soups/bisques, chocolate cake (because it's my husband's favorite), carnitas tacos, and anything with tons of basil in it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a house that ate tuna and hamburger helper nearly every night, so I'm trying to start a cooking tradition to pass down to my kids someday.
My cooking triumphs
I made my own wedding cake and catered the food. The staff at our venue thought I was crazy, but it all came together in the end! My cake was a 3-tiered white cake with buttercream frosting, pearl and red ribbon embelishments, and homemade lemon curd and raspberry jam filling. To eat, we had tomato-basil-mozzarella appetizers, sour cream chicken enchiladas, baked ziti, refried beans, mexican rice, salad, and bread sticks.
My cooking tragedies
I think the most disgusting dish I've ever made was a pot of gumbo. I added the okra way too early, and the entire dish looked and tasted like a bucket of slime. Gross!