About four years ago I started cooking, much to the surprise of everyone who has ever known me. I was always looked upon as the least domestic girl in my family, but now I take great pride in my ability to bake, cook, and host dinners for my family and my wonderful fiance.
My favorite things to cook
One of my favorite things to make is soup and/or stew. There is nothing more comforting, especially in the cold Quebec climate, than coming home to a hot pot of soup or chowder. I also believe that soup is an effective way to get nutrients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I think my favorite cooking tradition is my family's Christmas Eve Buffet. For the past few years I have hosted the buffet, and it is something that I begin planning months in advance. I serve everything from sweet and spicy meatballs, Tortiere and baby back ribs, to coconut macaroons, truffles, and homemade chocolate covered pretzels. It's a lot of work and well worth every minute of it.
My cooking triumphs
I think my greatest cooking triumph is taking my grandmother's place as the baker of the family. My grandmother lost her battle with Breast Cancer and it has left an emptiness in the family. I find that baking her wonderful sweets around the holiday season, keeps her with us and her memory very much alive.
My cooking tragedies
Oh, where to begin. I certainly believe that with every great accomplishment there has been some miss steps along the way. But I think my worst tragedy, which continues to repeat itself, was when I attempted pie dough for the first time. It's strange, my baking keeps getting better but I can't for the life of me make a pie.