I love the creativity and spontaneity of changing an old classic recipe into something new and hip. I also try to slip vegetables and fresh fruits into everything...things should taste good AND be good for you! The extra time it takes to cook things slowly or from scratch allows me to connect with people and enjoy their company. It is a wonderful feeling to share the experience of cooking along with the experience of eating!
My favorite things to cook
Gravies with homemade stock
Stuffed chicken breasts
My favorite family cooking traditions
I started cooking on my own when I was 10...my aunt cooked a couple different recipes and enjoyed socializing in the kitchen while cooking. I want to start my own cooking traditions based on fresh, local, attractive and nutrient rich ingredients!
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving 2010- Cooked for 8 people and tried out a lentil-rice stuffing for the first time. Everything was perfect...especially the mushroom gravy made from turkey drippings.
My cooking tragedies
Last night...I thought I was saving time by getting the preformed patties. They were dry, hard, and required a lot of condiments to get down. I guess its an excuse to drink more wine :-)