My husband and I are currently in the Army, stationed in South Korea. I enjoy several Korean dishes, however, my husband does not. So, we have most of our meals at home. Since moving here, I have tried many new recipes and thoroughly rely on Allrecipes.com for new ideas.
Cooking is absolutely one of my favorite things to do, hands down. I love making each recipe my own and sharing that with those around me, whether that be my husband or the Soldiers I work with. I like to make everything from scratch- no boxes or mixes here. I also believe that making a nice home-cooked meal is one of the best ways to show someone that you care about and appreciate them.
When I was in the 3rd grade, my parents set up a cooking schedule for our family of four. Every person cooked one night a week (unless you cooked Monday, then you had Friday too), with two people designated for clean-up depending on who cooked. Now that I have my own place, cooking is no problem for me.
My favorite things to cook
Jambalaya, fried chicken, chili, swedish meatballs (my no-fail party appetizer), lasagna, stuffed green bell peppers, baking bread, beef stew, macaroni and cheese
My favorite family cooking traditions
During the holidays my mother would always make Hungarian kiflis and lattice slices. Both can be time consuming to make, which is why she only makes them once a year. When she sent me kiflis while I was in Iraq- it just meant that much more to me.
My cooking triumphs
I had never made any homemade breads before, so one Sunday I decided I was going to try pecan sticky buns from scratch. The kneading of the dough was quite messy (and annoying), but they turned out perfect- light and fluffy with the right amount of gooey filling.
My cooking tragedies
I attempted focaccia once. The recipe I used recommended using a baking stone with a cookie sheet placed underneath. There are several reasons why it could have gone wrong, but I ended up with a ruined baking stone and bread that just wasn't quite right. One of these days I will attempt it again.