I'm a video game nerd who has fun messing around in the kitchen. I love trying out new recipes on my family, and we all agree that anything worthy of 5 stars has to be no-room-for-improvement perfect, so I'm more generous w/ 4 stars for a great recipe. I like writing my reviews in Haiku; sure it's goofy but I like a little whimsy and fun in the kitchen and in my grub. I also have a Youtube Channel "Baby Nom Nom" that's just my baby eating; what's more smile-inducing than a precious chubster cherub opening her mouth like a baby bird for a spoonful of food? (Oh and I love making her unusual homemade baby food blends!) ...
My favorite things to cook
Explosively-full omelets, anything in the slow-cooker, and Mexican-inspired casseroles.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family meals growing up were chicken & dumplings and pot roast with carrots and egg noodles. Now I like using Sunday afternoon for making several days' worth of meals ahead to make work days easier, like chilis, gumbos or casseroles for freezing, along w/ crustless quiches for the coming's week's breakfasts, and grilled chicken sliced and portioned for the week's lunches.
My cooking triumphs
It was very intimidating to host my first solo rocklobster Thanksgiving several years back, but it turned out successful and delicious, and now I'm always happy to pitch in at any holiday meal.
My cooking tragedies
I accidentally put sweetened condensed milk into a corn chowder instead of evaporated milk! /barf. Also, I was on vacation and had to make do with what the rented cottage had and prepared Paella in a big soup pot with ill-fitting lid. 2 hours later, and hungry folks nibbling hors d'oeuvres in anticipation of dinner, and the rice was half crunchy-disaster, half squishy pudding-consistency. Mistakenly bought puff pastry dough instead of phyllo dough for a slender, Nutella-filled dessert treat that ended up exploding into a dough-ey snake in my oven.