My favorite things to cook
Cooking with produce straight from my garden is hands down my favorite but anytime I can use fresh produce versus canned I'm happy. I also like making everything from scratch instead of using store bought dough, cake mixes, etc. I love Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors but also enjoy cooking Italian and Mexican for my less food-adventurist boyfriend.
My cooking triumphs
Baking bread and such- I can whip up dough for rolls, pizza, calzones,etc. without following a recipe. Stuffed grapes leaves- even though they're time consuming the giant batches I make from memory are so worth it. Steak- I was never a fan until a professional chef moved upstairs and I watched him cook. Now, following his techniques, I cook a perfectly seasoned, restaurant quality steak and love it!
My cooking tragedies
Spinach pie like the ones sold at my favorite Lebanese deli. I cannot get the right spice profile for the filling.