I am currently a stay at home mom so I have lots of time to cook and taste. I am a daughter of a single mother, so growing up I did a lot of the cooking for my older brother. We did not have a lot of money at that time, so I had to be pretty creative, which is why I think I became so good at it. If you have all the "normal" ingredients, you lose your creativity. I started at the age of 7, (mostly microwaved food since the stove was off-limits), and graduated to great chef at 15 when I cooked for all my high school friends and family. Everyone (including my mother) calls me for recipes, suggestions, and how to fix food they've already cooked and messed up. I love cooking and I love making people happy with my food. In fact, I even married a professional chef and now I can talk food with someone. We put recipes together in our heads and bounce ideas off each other.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook is anything cheese and butter. My one thing that I like cooking (and eating) is eggs Benedict. I am determined to make every delicious variation of this dish by the time I die. Also, my grilled steaks have been said to be "the best I ever had".
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am Hungarian so I grew up eating a lot of it from my Nagymama (grandma). She is the one who truly inspired me to cook. We've made pogacha, kakosh (chocolate roll), chicken paprikash but my ALL time favorite is nokedli.
My cooking triumphs
Making eggs Benedict for the first time all by myself.
My cooking tragedies
Burning toast my first day working with my husband. There is nothing worse than burning such an easy recipe...put bread in oven, toast till golden, remove. Oh well, at least he got a chuckle out of it.