I cook not so much for the joy of cooking but for the love of good eating! Give me delicious, healthy, and simple... in that order! As a (mostly) vegetarian mom with a meat-and-doughnut-loving husband and kids who like their food to be easily identified, I often experiment to create vegetarian interpretations of traditional favorites. I denounced refined sugars and hydrogenated oils a few years ago and have been moving to more and more organics and raw foods. In recent months I've become interested in Weston A. Price's research & Paleo foods -- a dramatic shift from being mostly vegetarian for decades! I do my best to stick with meats from farmers I know personally. I've been experimenting with fermentation recently, too... the new microbial zoo provides lots of burble-gurgle entertainment, occasional explosions, and frequently tasty -- though strange -- results.
My favorite things to cook
My personal preferences are ecclectic and international, with heavy Southwestern, Russian, Thai, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern influences. My goal is to merge my own palate with foods my family will happily eat!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making a gingerbread house together over Thanksgiving weekend.
My cooking triumphs
1. Mastering the art of making bread in my 60 qt commercial mixer (Thank you, Wanda!)
2. Learning how to use molasses, honey, sucanat, coconut sap, and/or date sugar instead of the bleached white grainy stuff called sugar in many recipes.
3. Quite possibly the best sauerkraut ever (thank you, Sandor Katz!)
My cooking tragedies
Dirt stew... you will laugh if you are reading this, George!