I love to browse through cookbooks, food catalogs, go to kitchen stores like Crate and Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, outlets, anyplace that has gadgets and foodie equipment. I have a lot of stuff being a pro for 18 years, and I cooked whole meals by age 11. I want to start a cooking school for kids.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make Spanish dishes like Piccadillo and Ropa Vieja, beans and rice,plantains. I experiment with different uses for flour tortillas, because I love mexican food, too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mom taught me to cook when I was 8 or 9 because she needed me to help get meals on the table for my older brothers and Dad when she went back to work as a Nurse at night. It was a tradition for us to plan meals together and prep it in the morning before she went to work on the weekends and on the two weekdays she worked, when I was in school, we would have convenience foods or leftovers from the weekends. We cooked a lot of ethnic foods because my parents were military and whenever we moved to a new area my Mom started cooking whatever was in fashion in her neighborhood.
My cooking triumphs
I am a whiz at making 4 course dinners with only 10 ingredients.
My cooking tragedies
I once got a pancake recipe from a book that had misprints in it, but I followed it to the letter and had lead pancakes. My Mom had the same book and I called her later that day and she said I was crazy, the recipe was fine, hers was a reprint of the same book, but it was changed!