I started cooking when I was 23, a recent college grad and moving 800 miles away from home (college didn't count since I only ate fast food and ramen). I started with simple, easy to make dishes such as stir-frys and casseroles. Over the years, I found my niche in cooking...italian, asian, mexican, traditional American comfort food..I watch Food Network religiously and collect cookboks, cooking magazine, recipe cards.
Aside from spending time in the kitchen, I also enjoy fitness/exercise, boating, music, shopping/fashion, and spending time w/friends & family.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake! A few years ago, I worked at a small local business and started bringing in homemade cookies, bars and cupcakes to the office. What started as a Monday morning treat turned into a twice-a-week ordeal! (And even the business owner expected a dish of cookies weekly!) It was fun to see my co-workers gobble up the new desserts I experimented with. Lately, I have become a little obsessed with cupcakes! (Using my boyfriend, his co-workers and my co-workers as guinea pigs for all of the new tempting little cakelets I've been experimenting with - of course, they don't mind partaking in the tasting!)
As far as regular meals go, I love cooking Italian (my fave), Mexican and Asian food and I rely heavily on my slow cooker in the cold winter months. Nothing beats a hot, comforting meal after a long day at work!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and aunts cook authentic German dishes that I love. I grew up mostly on the comfort food of the midwest, lots of meat and potatoes, and BBQing in the summer..and since I grew up in Iowa, I absolutely LOVE fresh sweet corn on the cob!
My cooking triumphs
I make a pretty darn tasty lasagna! And my baked treats get rave reviews!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make a piecrust from scratch once and failed miserably..it was all dry and crumbly. I am also bound and determined to make a yeast bread from scratch, but the one time I attempted to do this, the dough didn't rise one bit!