I'm a recent college grad, looking to start my teaching career soon! When I lived with my parents, they were very reluctant to let me take charge in the kitchen, and my dorm didn't have a kitchen. So I had to wait until my junior year of college to really start cooking for real. Now that I'm staying with my parents again for a couple of months, they're still reluctant to let me cook for them, but I'm trying to win them over!
My favorite things to cook
I like making pasta or fish, since I'm not so big on meat.
In general, I just love trying new things. My mother is a teacher, and so we had pretty Kraft-esque meals and shopping lists: simple, but good. We never tried anything new, and so I figured that those other foods must be expensive - not so! Now I'm finding all sorts of new foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has THE best cornbread recipe! We also have great sausage ball, cheese ball, and applesauce cake recipes.
Some people may find it monotonous, but I love that our Thanksgiving meal has been the same since I was a child: turkey, dressing, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, and crescent rolls. Mmmmm, mmm!
My cooking triumphs
My boyfriend and I were having our first romantic dinner at home, and I was cooking. I made salmon to go with our pinot noir, and it went PERFECTLY! I recreated that meal also for my parents one evening, and it went just as well. It's one of my stand-bys now.
I considered myself to be an officially successful cook the night that I made shrimp scampi without a recipe!
As far as baking goes, I spent all Christmas break 2009 baking. My favorite was the gingerbread church, complete with steeple and stained glass!
My cooking tragedies
I always seem to burn myself when cooking. *sigh*
Also, there seem to be a million tragedies every time I make a gingerbread house, but my wonderful boyfriend helps me see they're not the end of the world, or even of the house. :)