I'm a 23 year old graduate music student studying oboe performance. I love to be on stage performing, but I also love reading and writing, poking around on the internet, swimming, and whatever else I can get into. My fiance, Tony, is studying to be an educator, and he and I both love to cook. While we both love trying new foods (or trying to create our own culinary wonders), we're both still students, so we've learned to satisfy our gourmet tastes on a college student's budget through creative cooking. And no, we don't sacrifice quality or healthfulness, we just get really inventive in our teenie weenie kitchen... (too small a kitchen!!!)
My favorite things to cook
The thing I think I would enjoy making the most would have to be bread, but I have yet to have the time or the physical space in a kitchen to do so. Of what I have room to do (and Tony and I have pulled some crazy stunts in out apartment's kitchenette), my favorite thing would have to be my completely unauthentic but nonetheless tasty "Variation on the Classic Jambalaya" - it's pushing the boundaries of a college meal, but he and I LOVE shellfish, so we work out a crazy concoction of mussels, clams, calamari, bay scallops, shrimp, sausage, brown rice, and the most bizzarre stew base to crock pot it in..... it's a great special occasion dish, especially in the winter since it'll warm you up really quickly :-)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family's only real cooking tradition should be listed in the cooking tragedies section of this. Every Thanksgiving, something ALWAYS happens to the turkey. Usually it's still edible, but one time it fell out of the pan and onto the floor. Our dogs thought it was Christmas and tried to run off with it "Christmas Story" style... Fortunately the turkey was almost as big as they were, so it didn't get out of the kitchen, but still.....
My cooking triumphs
I've had two kitchen sink recipes that have been remembered for over 6 months by the people that ate them. One was a Thai inspired vegetarian stir-fried veggie mix and mango over linguini style rice noodles with an orange juice, lemon juice and poppy seed simmer with lemon zest. and boiled and roasted plantain bananna to top. My meat loving fiance didn't even NOTICE that this meal was not just vegitarian, but was completely VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE, and free of cooking oils and other added fats. He eats like a racehorse mixed with a labrador retriever, and this dish filled him up and fed him and me for three days. And it cost less than $20 to make!
My cooking tragedies
My first experiment, while I was still getting used to a new stove and oven. The dish really was't the issue, since the problem was that it caught on fire even though my oven knob was supposedly turned to 325...... Judging from the remains, I think that the oven was in Kelvin and not F.......... House was fine, luckily, and the landlord promptly replaced the stove in that apartment.