I started cooking for my family when I was just a kid. My Mom had breast cancer and she needed all five of us kids to be responsible and help out as much as we could around the house. I was a fast learner, and cooking quickly became my passion. I eventually graduated with my Culinary Arts degree, and currently run my own catering business, Cook's Catering.
My favorite things to cook
Oh the list is so long...
I love making hors d'ouevres, for one. The little "one-bite" foods that make a party a party. Brie wedges wrapped in puff pastry, traditional bruschetta and all my spin-offs, and of course, hot artichoke dip! I am so hungry now. :P
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels for Christmas, Sheila's Thai Peanut Chicken, Mom's Egg Rolls (haven't had these since the "grease burn" incident...), Dad's Homemade Pizza Night, Mom's BBQ Meatballs, family Chinese takeout night.
My cooking triumphs
I made an anniversary meal for my Mom and Dad when I was just twelve:
Chicken Kiev, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Baby Carrots, and Homemade Apple Pie. Everything turned out perfect and I was so proud of myself. Mom and Dad loved it.
More recently, I've mastered the art of VitaMixer soups, and have begun more pantry-style cooking in an effort to lower our grocery bill. Lots of delicious, unique meals have come from it!
My cooking tragedies
My earliest attempts at cuisine:
- water soup (didn't know you were supposed to start with a stock, so I just kept adding salt for flavor, lol!)
- seasoned toast (REALLY did not go over well)
- mushy pasta (and the worst part is, I tried to turn it into casserole afterwards!)
- burnt homemade bread (a true tragedy)