Growing up on a farm in western PA in the US, I learned from an early age how fun and rewarding cooking can be. At my mother's apron strings with no doubt a flurry of questions, I learned a lot about her German family upbringing. I still enjoy cooking nearly every type of cuisine and I enjoy immersing myself in learning cultural traditions. Currently, I live in New Mexico but have lived in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Ohio, and Puerto Rico.
My favorite things to cook
Cuisines that include: American-styles (Southern, southwestern, western, northern midwest, new england, Acadian, etc.), North American styles including Cajun, Mennonite, PA Dutch, Caribbean, Spanish, Mexican, first nation traditions, a few South American cuisines, European and Asian styles including Italian, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Slavic, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.
My favorite family cooking traditions
German, PA Dutch, Italian
My cooking triumphs
Oh gosh... I consider it a triumph when my popovers puff up or a pork roast falls apart in succulence. :) By far my cooking triumphs are the lessons learned when an experiment fails. hahaha
My cooking tragedies
Way too many to note... one that pops into memory was long ago when I pretzels boiled in soda water and then removed to an aluminum baking sheet for baking. The soda reacted with the aluminum and created a pungent, fishy smell and ruined the entire batch hahahaha. Live and learn.