I'm 25, live with my husband in southern Missouri, and I'm currently attending college for my Hotel and Restaurant Management Degree. I plan on opening up a bakery in a few years after we start raising a family.
My favorite things to cook
Probably quick breads and yeast breads (muffins, banana bread, cinnamon rolls, etc). But I love experimenting with new meals. Italian food is my favorite cuisine because it's so versatile!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my mother cooked for nutrition, not for taste. So over the years I've learned that mom's meatloaf is not always the best! I do have great memories of us making up a big pot of Russian spice tea and drinking it on snowy days.
My cooking triumphs
Probably the very first time I successfully made a loaf of bread. The dough had risen perfectly, and the texture was so moist and flaky (can something be moist and flaky at the same time?) I think I did get hooked on baking with my little oven that my parents bought me when I was about 8. You know, the one where pre-packaged, add-water brownies are cooked under a lightbulb...I ued to sit there for hours and watch the mixture bake!
My cooking tragedies
Oh, I've had plenty. Probably the worst one was this italian anchovy pasta dish. I didn't have anchovies or white wine, so I substituted sardines and white wine vinegar! Oh, it was terrible! And every once in a while I'll flub up and add too much cayenne pepper to Jambalaya or the wrong seasoning in a soup. But mistakes are what makes cooking so adventerous!