I am an aspiring baker with no interest in going to school for it, as well as an aspiring writer, I am soon to be married and someday want to open a bakery/coffee shop or small restaurant at the beach where I can cook what I feel like cooking that day. I believe in trial and error and tweaking and perfecting recipes, that practice makes perfect and that I may never live up to the cooking goddess that is my mother (she owns a catering company LOL).
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, anything sweet in general, although I have a huge fondness for anything chocolate. I really enjoy making breakfast, actually, and everything that goes along with it (eggs, bacon, coffee cake, hashed browns, etc etc), but I also enjoy Italian food and pasta in general. I am really eclectic when it comes to cooking, and more than a little spontaneous (I like to throw things together to find out what a difference a pinch of this or that or changing a main ingredient can make, depending on my mood).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is amazing for all the holidays, and is less traditional than most. For my birthday, it's always Alligator Pie (I'll post that recipe later), for Easter there's an amazingly huge brunch, most holidays are spent in pj's, helping mom in the kitchen half the time and lounging around the other half, sometimes eating traditional holiday things (corned beef for St. Patty's, always) and other times enchiladas for christmas.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made my mom's cinnamon knots and they tasted almost as good as when she makes them. I literally cried, I was so happy. And pretty much any time I make something that doesn't turn out to be a half burned/half frozen lump of something indescribable is a triumph to me.
My cooking tragedies
There are far, far too many to count! I have served my entire family a chicken that wasn't cooked more than half an inch into it, I have set off the fire alarm trying to toast garlic bread in the oven (yes, the pre-prepared kind you find at the store in the foil bags, they lie), I have combined things in terrible ways that smelled worse than vomit and couldn't even be eaten . . . absolutely awful! But you learn better when you screw up ROYALLY, and I have learned a lot.