My favorite things to cook
Steaks are always a favorite, as well as simple, hearty soups and stews. I love experimenting with French cooking, because my grandmother's side of the family is French and I was raised on lots of French foods. Baking is probably my overall favorite though. Nothing puts a smile on your face faster than the smell of a wonderful, sweet, homey dessert or loaf of fresh homemade bread!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always loved watching my grandfather cook when I was little, and my mother is a fantastic cake decorator. She used to make the most beautiful birthday cakes for me when I was a child, and she really inspired my love of baking.
My cooking triumphs
I'm pretty handy with desserts, especially adapting them to be healthier without losing their overall character. I want to live a long, healthy life, but what's the point if there's no dessert in it?
My cooking tragedies
The worst one I can remember is an attempt at a brandy cream sauce to go with a porterhouse steak I was making as Easter dinner. The steak turned out wonderfully, but the sauce turned into an oily mess with burned bits throughout! Still not sure what happened there, but luckily I had a bit of truffle butter on hand to top the steaks off with for finishing.