I love trying new dishes and cuisine from other cultures. I love beets and anything vinegar-y and I HATE Marshmallows and banana's. I have been lucky to live in other countries and to also be exposed to real Mexican and German food as well as to live in an area that has many different types of people.
My favorite things to cook
I am typically pretty busy so I really enjoy making things that are speedy and good. I tend to stick with my roots when cooking at home and to make modified versions of the food I grew up with and to make dishes that are comprised of items I personally really enjoy. I also love getting from friends their "Family Favorite" recipies that are the things that their Moms made for them and that they make now. It is fun sampling other folks history.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Grandmother made very traditional and Pennsylvania Dutch German type foods and also was a master home economist. I have learned a lot from her as to how to stretch a buck into a great meal.
My cooking triumphs
I hosted an "Anti-Traditional" Christmas one year as my friends and I end out going to so many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners I didn't want to see another Roasted Turkey ever. I got the entire meal from the Paula Deen cookbook (I do live in the South after all) and it is still spoken of to this day!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I baked a chicken I didn't know there was a plastic bag inside. I promised to bake a birthday cake for a party and tried a new recipie and the thing was a disaster. When I was 12 I wanted to make a cake for my Grandparents. It was chocolate and it tasted HORRIBLE. Turns out my Grandmother (the home economist) saved her fish frying oil in an old cooking oil bottle and I accidentally used that instead of fresh oil. Looking back I can't believe how I wouldn't have noticed, but I was young.