My favorite things to cook
West African dishes, specifically Sierra Leone. I've been trying to recreate the rice & sauce dishes I eaten there. The sauce has either a tomato, bean (fava or lentil), or cassava/sweet potato leaf base. Lots of vegetables are added. Meat is optional, but added when available. The recipes I've gotten in Africa are vague and difficult to convert to our style of cooking, so it's been fun and delicious trying out different ingredients.
My latest craze, one pot cooking, actually stems from my time in Sierra Leone where most meals are cooked this way.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making lefse with my kids during the holidays. What a mess! What fun! I know that my kids will pass this one down.
My cooking tragedies
The Thanksgiving dinner where the turkey took twice as long to cook as I expected and everything else was done. Dinner was two hours late!