Cooking is my absolute favorite hobby. From the time I baked my first muffin in 7th grade Home Economics class, I was hooked. I enjoy cooking for my family and friends, and perusing the internet (AllRecipes, Epicurious), cookbooks (love the Barefoot Contessa) and magazines (Martha Stewart Living) to find new recipes.
My favorite things to cook
I'm especially interested in baking and desserts, as well as delicious Italian fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Preparing specially requested meals and desserts/cakes for family members' birthdays and special occasions. I also enjoy my family's Easter-time traditional Polish meal of kielbasa, babka, farmers cheese, hard boiled eggs and the like. Reminds me of going to my Grandmother's house when I was kid.
My cooking triumphs
Anytime a recipe turns out great and others get a chance to enjoy it along with me. Also, completing a beautiful special occasion cake at a pastry certificate class I recently took at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.
My cooking tragedies
Oh sure I've had a few. : ) But, I've found that it's extremely helpful to learn from one's mistakes. This certainly applies in the kitchen!