I am a recent college grad (non-trad student). I love food, fiber arts and growing my herbs and vegetables.
My favorite things to cook
Anything new that I haven't made before!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I picked up many Italian-American family cooking traditions from my ex's family. I love the idea of family meals eaten over the course of an afternoon--great conversation, no hurry to get somewhere else, lots of food courses. My family didn't eat this way, even for holidays. I think that people should take as much time to enjoy the food as it took to prepare it.
My cooking triumphs
Marshmallows; fudge; an original recipe using chocolate and strawberries that is much requested for gatherings.
My cooking tragedies
When I was a teenager my mom asked me to make some biscuits because we were having strawberry shortcake (we always used biscuits instead of cake). They were lovely--fluffy, risen high and golden brown tops. My mother was enchanted and decided to have one before dinner with some butter on it (they were warm from the oven). She took a bite and immediately gagged--I had used 3 TABLESPOONS of baking SODA not baking POWDER!! I was horrified, upset and determined I would never make biscuits again (I did make them again of course! LOL). By the way, my dad (ever frugal) STILL ate one with his strawberries! The berries turned the biscuits a dark purple!! LOL