I spend a lot of my free time grocery shopping and planning the week's meals for my two roommates. I have to, or else they cook and we have frozen dinners and boxed macaroni and cheese for dinner.
My favorite things to cook
I love slow cooker recipes. There's something captivating about the slow metamorphosis from raw ingredients in a crock to delicious dinner in 8 hours. I love ANYTHING with cheese; I've contemplated ways of getting cheese onto cereal.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmothers were excellent cooks. That trait wasn't passed down to my parents, though, so I had to pick up where I left off as a child. My paternal grandmother was a pastry and cake chef and taught me that my always-cold fingers were a blessing for keeping pastry dough intact. My maternal grandmother cooked for her eight children and taught me that no matter what, it has to taste good and not just be good for you to justify eating it.
My cooking triumphs
I finally found a way to put curry and ginger on baked mango and not feel sick. :D
My cooking tragedies
Three years ago, I made a cheese, chicken, wine and broccoli casserole that called for cayenne pepper. I'd like to note that it's important not to ignore the 1/4 designation of tsp and not mix up tsp with tbsp.
When I was four years old, it was Mother's Day and my father asked me to warm a bottle in the microwave for my baby sister. 45 seconds is not the same as 45 minutes.