The first dish I ever concocted was a gourmet mud pie. I was completely incensed that the neighborhood boys didn't want to try a bite (realize, I had been known to eat bugs and grass).
My favorite things to cook
The recipe that makes "The Rounds" most in my house is Minestrone soup. It never gets old!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes stollen every Christmas. I really don't like it (citron), but I'd miss it if she didn't make it!
My cooking triumphs
Generally, I can throw together a soup from just about nothing. I had beginner's luck with puff pastry (variable since then).
My cooking tragedies
My most recent puff pastry attempt failed miserably. It didn't puff. It didn't even pastry.