Chinese-American. Married. Usually cook for 2 or potlucks. I wasn't interested in cooking until 2 years ago. I wished I learned how to cook from my mom, she's the best authentic Chinese cook in the world!
My favorite things to cook
One dish meals. Slow cooker meals. Yellow curry. Unfortunately, I don't have much extra time to run to the store to get ingredients or cook. I usually look for quick recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes this sweet rice dessert for Chinese New Years. It's so good and I've never had it at a restaurant before. It's a very long process that she starts the night before. It gets hard after the first day, so the next morning she dips it in egg and fries it up so it's soft and gooey again. My father in-law uses leftover Thanksgiving turkey and makes an incredible turkey enchilada the next morning. Yum!
My cooking triumphs
This year I've baked my first sweet bread, first chicken pot pie, first cheesecake and they all turned out great.
My cooking tragedies
The first thing I cooked from my bread machine was banana bread, it was terrible, the machine didn't mix the ingredients well, so there were flour clots in it, I took one bite and tossed out the bread. It was terrible! I also have a bad habit of wanting to try new recipes whenever I bring a dish over to family events or invite people over for dinner. A couple of times I'd start a recipe and realize I only have whole wheat flour, so I used it, and it turns out too dry. I've done that with lemon bars and danishes. I've made my brother a birthday brownie dish and it wasn't pretty bad even though I followed the recipe to the T.