I love cooking and I LOVE this website! So, does my husband!
I moved to Colorado almost 10 years ago. It altered my way of thinking towards cooking, because we are at over 6000 ft above sea level. There are all kinds of tricks to getting things right at this altitude. I still manage to make yummy breads, including cinnamon rolls, use my slow cooker, and bake cookies, with success. I must love working with my hands, because I also enjoy sewing, scrap-booking, and jewelry-making. I have a toddler and a baby on the way.
My favorite things to cook
Food, in general!!! I would say that I really enjoy making cinnamon rolls, bread, Italian food, Mexican Food, Homemade Pizza, and some basic sushi. I love to experiment and that is usually some of my best cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love baking with my young daughter. It is a great way to spend constructive time together and avoid the TV. Once my son arrives and is old enough to help, he will be included too! Cooking teaches so much to children, math, measurements, time, patience, and even good hygiene!
My cooking triumphs
I live at a high altitude and manage for so many things to turn out that others have a difficult time with. I think my favorite is my cinnamon rolls. I mix the dough in my bread machine. I preheat my oven to the lowest temperature setting with a pan of hot water inside. Once I have the dough rolled into cinnamon roll shapes with the brown sugar and cinnamon inside, I turn off the oven and place the cinnamon rolls inside to continue rising. The extra heat and humidity (humidity is usually lacking at our altitude) makes those cinnamon rolls HUGE!
My cooking tragedies
Not long after my daughter was born, I made some banana bread. I got distracted with her and forgot to add the baking powder and baking soda. Unfortunately, I didn't discover it until I had the banana bread in the oven for almost an hour and a half. It just didn't seem to be rising. It started looking burnt on the outside, but doughy, flat, and not done on the inside! Now, when I start cooking, I get out all my ingredients and put them away once I've used them. it is so easy to get distracted with young ones in the house!