I'm a grad student about to start teaching and writing my dissertation, so cooking is my favorite escape from daily responsibilities!
My favorite things to cook
Making bread is my stress reliever of choice. I'm currently working on perfecting Spanish bread - I studied in southern Spain and the bread is the thing I miss the most!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was born and raised in Cuba, and she and my grandmother are the ones who taught me to cook! They also granted me access to my great-grandmother's recipe notecards, which means I have a lot of traditional Cuban dishes up my sleeve, and a lot that I still have to learn!
My cooking triumphs
1) My family's intensive arroz con pollo recipe;
2) A garden fresh ratatouille.
My cooking tragedies
Here's my confession: I have never successfully made pie! Once, I severely overcooked a pecan pie, which subsequently spilled over onto the bottom of my oven and smoked the entire time. Another time, a pumpkin pie was so burnt on the crust that it was inedible. I haven't given up though!