I started out knowing nothing and now I feel like I can make a good show of anything thrown at me. (in the kitchen, at least.) I'm more of a jack-of-all-trades, master-at-none, kind of person.
My favorite things to cook
Ethnic meals. I love researching different cultures and then trying their foods. I made a list of "national" dishes of tons of countries and I love trying them out. Luckily my husband is pretty adventurous, and hopefully my kids will be.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have this Cranberry Salad recipe handed down from at least three generations that we only eat at the holidays. It's pink, sweet, beautiful and deeeelicious. It wouldn't be a proper Christmas or Thanksgiving without it.
My cooking triumphs
Our Holiday Turkeys. My husband and I have perfected our barbecued turkey. It is delicious. We always put apple-berry-cherry juice in with the brine which dyes the bird pink. So when it's dinner time, we always say, "Time for Pink Tom!"
My cooking tragedies
My first year of marriage I was trying to cook from scratch. My husband is an excellent cook and so we decided that I would do the cooking so I could learn. Simple terriyaki fish over rice. Well, I hadn't yet found out that my husband doesn't like fish, so with that in mind you can tell this is going to be a sad ending. I cooked the fish in a frying pan and poured terriyaki sauce on it when it was done. I served it over rice. That was it. I didn't know that you don't use terriyaki sauce straight as the main sauce. It was sooooo salty, my husband and our friend couldn't eat it. They tried, bless them, but it was no use. "*beedeebeep beedeebeebeep* Hello Pizza Warehouse?"