Working wife and mom, a bit of a wild child when I was younger, now really more of a homebody at heart. I love to feed my family and friends and to try different dishes, from old classics to ethnic or vegetarian dishes, and to play with them to make them my own. I love this site and use it often for just browsing, for getting ideas, and for researching what others' experiences have been so that I don't have to make "all" the mistakes on my own. I don't review many recipes and haven't posted any because I tend to be a 'lil o' this, lil o' that' type cook, so I often incorporate ingredients or advice from several different recipes or reviews into the end product. I would, though, like to refine some of our favorites and share them.
My cooking triumphs
Well, I don't know - some of my family's favorites are my meatloaf, original jalapeno poppers, homemade pizza, egg rolls, homemade chicken/turkey/vegetable noodle soup, black bean/lentil burgers....those are the triumphs for me, I guess; the ones that make my vegetarian daughter or my hardworking husband happy to be home for dinner.
My cooking tragedies
One of the first times I cooked for my husband (long before we married), I tried to bake two pizzas in the oven at the same time....the heat didn't circulate properly and the dough sort of...melted...around the oven racks. It took all the hands we had between us and a variety of utensils to free it all up! Within just a day or two of that, I laid the potholder on the door of the oven while I checked the dish - then shut the door and set the potholder on fire! I learned about him in those early days how kind he is, that he has a sense of humor, and that he's great in a crisis! So maybe not such a tragedy, after all...