I cook for a living, but I did not go to culinary school, so I do not consider myself a "professional". I do work with all professionals though. I am a food marketer, I try to sell particular foods to restaurants and caterers. I've picked up a lot over the years, but I can still teach my clients a few things every once in a while! I have learned to cook for hundreds of people or a small family dinner. I have a health conscious household, we eat all organic in our home and I don't buy prepared foods in general - except a few condiments and a few things such as cereal, sandwich bread, crackers, pasta. Other than that, yep, it's homemade and organic at home!
My favorite things to cook
I can cook many different types of foods, but my favorites are Italian and Middle Eastern. I am learning my newest favorite, Indian. I only use high quality ingredients, no processed foods, we eat all organic in our home and I don't skimp on seasoning!
My cooking triumphs
My first time ever cooking a beef tenderloin, I was terrified. It was so expensive and I was so worried that I would ruin the entire dinner. Everything I planned that night was to be exquisite, from the balsamic roasted onions, to the pumpkin custard and everything in between turned out absolutely perfect. Our guests from that evening still talk about that meal which was many, many years ago.
My cooking tragedies
There will occasionally be a tragedy around here ... especially when I have my two daughters "helping" me! But that is what makes it fun and challenging. I have dropped entire dishes, I have forgotten about something on the stove, I substituted an ingredient that probably should have not been used. It is all a learning experience and I love to try new things.