My favorite things to cook
ANYTHING that tastes good. I love Mexican foods from all regions, especially the four corners area. When I moved to MO in 2005 I HAD to learn how to make things I loved b/c you cannot get them local. Indian has always been the most challenging so I'm always bulking up the pantry and polishing my skills. Cooking with local or home grown ingredients is important so I am always looking for new methods to cook with what I grow or buy at the farmers market.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Fried chicken, pork chops - anything with potatoes and gravy. My grandma was amazing, me not so much in this area.
My cooking triumphs
Mastered green chili FINALLY! It only took 8 years from being able to get it local (moved from CO to MO). Recently learned to make mean vegetarian dishes that do not make you miss the meat. Getting pretty good at St. Louis style BBQ - love the Weber!
My cooking tragedies
Lamb vindaloo, oh my, when you take off the lid to reduce liquids then you better pay attention. Took days to air out the house of burned lamb and curry.