I was raised in a family where both parents worked and dinner was either take-out or Hamburger Helper. Needless to say, I never learned how to cook and really loathed the idea of cooking for myself. In the past 2 years, my mind-set has totally changed! I find cooking alone in the kitchen therapeutic and I feel a sense of pride whenever I make something yummy.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta dishes, casseroles (well, anything I can throw in a baking dish and cook in the oven), cookies, cupcakes
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hopefully, my sister and I have recently started a new tradition of cooking our mother breakfast on Mother's Day. Our mom was so happy to have breakfast cooked for her this year!!
My cooking triumphs
Any time I cook for someone else and they love it. I also love it when leftovers are gobbled up the next day - because the dish was so yummy.
My cooking tragedies
I am scared to cook chicken breast in a skillet. I have had some bad experiences before (memories of a smoke-filled apartment come to mind). I also don't particularly like cooking with bone-in chicken pieces.