I grew up with a stepmother who was a fantastic cook, so I never really had to learn for myself. In college I would mostly cook pizza, macaroni & cheese, and rice for myself. I could do the basics but had no interest in cooking. Now that I am engaged to a man who loves to cook I've greatly expanded my skills and interests in the kitchen. I'm always on the lookout for new ideas and love trying new meals. I am allergic to garlic, so we do have to steer clear of garlicy recipes, or just omit the garlic.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking different soups and stews, but I also love making enchiladas, burrito cups, and different kinds of dips and appetizers for entertaining.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm 50% Finnish, so I really need to learn my grandmother's recipe for pasties.
My fiance is 50% Polish, so we've also been learning how to make homemade pierogis and red beet soup.
My cooking triumphs
A few of my crowd-pleasers have been brie en croute, buffalo chicken dip, and avgolemono. Buffalo chicken dip is great for potlucks, and brie en croute is better for smaller gatherings. Avgolemono is just one of my favorites, though it's generally my fiance who makes it!
My cooking tragedies
We have a lot of potlucks at my work and I didn't have much time to prepare a dish so I thought I'd try an easy slow-cooker cheesy potato dish. It turned out awful! The potatoes were all sticky and any of them touching the sides or bottom of the crock pot were completely burned. It's the worst dish I've ever brought for a potluck.