my sister and i were the "original latch key kids" i mostly learned to cook by myself. we were oddities! back in the late 60s early 70s sis and i ate a lot of tv dinners-people would stare when we would wheel by w/a shopping cart FULL of frozen dinners! swanson's meatloaf was my favorite. i didn't even mind when the tomato sauce was spilled into the brownie! i loved that tomato sauce-dipped all of my green beans in it too! i took home ec in the 8th grade and came home and made every recipe at home that we made in school-i loved it! in the 10th grade after taking a food service class in high school-i began to cook real food. i would look for a recipe, ask my mother to buy the ingredients and then go for it. they turned out pretty good and that's how it all started. i have an assoc. degree in commercial baking but am a stay at home mom. maybe one day i'll go back into the industry.
My favorite things to cook
right now i'm being very calorie conscious. have lost 20 lbs. since christmas and i'm on a roll! allrecipes.com is a lifesaver; the nutritional information and calories are priceless! in the past, i have have used allrecipes to utilize my crockpot and breadmaker (and still do) but i now mostly look for low calorie healthier dishes that are good tasting. i like to cook easy dishes that don't create a clean up nightmare! i gravitate towards tangy and sweet. although i have a baking degree - i don't have a great collection of non-commercial quantity recipes. i love allrecipes.com because it is full of wonderful people who love to cook and bake and share.
My favorite family cooking traditions
my mother's mother came to Hawaii from Korea when she was 2 years old and whisked off the plantation and raised by well-meaning methodist missionaries. she did not know how to cook Korean dishes. my mother learned to cook some Korean dishes from my father's mother (a picture bride from Korea). i did not write down my mom's recipes but over the years have figured out how to make them and so i continue to make them for my family. i have since gained a renewed interest in my ethnic heritage and have been experimenting with many Korean dishes - some perfected - some not.
My cooking triumphs
i used to make wedding cakes for friends - a nerve wracking feat. i also used to make and sell cute gingerbread houses, naughty gingerbread men and women too!
My cooking tragedies
a lot! once i dropped an entire tier for a wedding cake after baking all day and night at 1:00 a.m. - i sat down, cried and made another one. cake was a hit but i was a zombie at the wedding!