I have been interested in cooking for most of my life. I can remember my siblings and I helping my mom in the kitchen even when I was a little kid. In 5th grade we had to complete a report on what we wanted to be when we grew up....I did mine on being a chef. Although I took a different career path, I spend many hours cooking and entertaining.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking with fish and seafood. I make at least 3 meals per week using them. I also cook a lot with wines and vegetables. I tend to focus a lot on stir frying and utilizing Asian spices and cooking techniques.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family cooks a lot of Polish foods and various interpretations of them. I really enjoy experimenting with them but still maintaining the traditions of Polish cuisine.
My cooking triumphs
I successfully catered my own holiday party with 120 guests. I also prepared the Asian portion of an International Buffet at my college years ago for about 300 people. Last Christmas a friend asked me to help him prepare his family's main dish (standing rib roast) for which he was terrified of ruining. No pressure on my part (hahaha). The judges gave him (me) an A+. The meat turned out more juicy and flavorful than any other meal his picky family had ever had. (I'm not even sure if the recipe is on this site)
My cooking tragedies
knock on wood....nothing major yet. I tend to come up with quick solutions if anything is going wrong in the kitchen.