I am an artist, and enjoy building dollhouses, making dolls, sewing Baltimore Album quilts, and studying gemology.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts, especially cakes and pastries. Also breads. Love Scandinavian baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
German: Stollen, wine kraut with juniper berries, bacon potatoes, pork roast. Swedish: pea soup with pork, pancakes with lingonberries and sour cream, sugar cake.
My cooking triumphs
I made a very passable dinner of Steak Diane and Potatoes Anna at the age of eleven. I love a challenge and enjoy "difficult" things like French and Swiss buttercreams, genoise cake, souffles, etc.
My cooking tragedies
I prepared hand-made chocolates in elegant packages for Christmas one year only to have a horrifying bloom appear on them before they were ready for giving. Mortifying, and I had only myself to blame for not yet understanding chocolate tempering.