I've always taken an interest in cooking, but only recently have I begun to actively make the effort to learn by cooking or baking on a regular basis. This site is a big help. I find it very rewarding and therapeutic, as well as valuable towards my future, to cook. I'm a young college student, who's just starting out cooking, so I still have a long way to go and I look forward to it. I'm someone who enjoys taking pride in the little things in life, and food is one of those really big little things that I must explore.
My favorite things to cook
I find that I like to cook traditional comfort foods, but I'm never afraid to try something new or add a creative touch. I think that's me in general, respectfully blending the old and the new. Some of the things I love to cook so far are quiches, apple crisp, pineapple stuffing, cookies and scones, anything with garden-fresh tomatoes, and I have to say, I always make a mean sandwich.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving dinner is a huge, delicious feast at my house. On this day, I'm content to spend the whole day helping my father prepare dinner, and then share it with family. And my mother showed me that you can never be too busy to slow down and bake chocolate chip cookies when craving calls.
My cooking triumphs
I kicked off my cooking experiences this summer with a pie shell quiche. I crossed my fingers that it would turn out from a recipe contrived myself, that drew from several different sources and my own personal intuition, or what little I had. (I've never eaten a quiche in America, only in Europe.) It turned out great, and I love making quiches now. The family loved it too. That gave me the confidence to move forward. A small triumph, yes, but many more to come hopefully.
My cooking tragedies
Don't ever blindly follow a recipe that someone puts in front of you if you have your doubts about it. I learned that the hard way. You'll get the slack if they don't turn out, even if it wasn't your fault. Part of being the cook is using your own judgment, in both choosing what recipe to follow, and what personal changes you should make.