I love to cook! My favorite food to eat and cook would probably be Italian - even though I'm Asian-American! I started cooking when I was a teenager. My parents worked and my mom was ill toward the end of high school. I started experimenting with recipes and have come a long way!
Cooking is really my thing, but I am slowly getting more comfortorable with baking. I enjoy making dinners entirely from scratch. I'm sure this will change once I have kids, but for now I have the time and energy.
My husband isn't a big eater but I am slowly expanding his horizons. Now if I can only get him to eat leftovers!
My favorite things to cook
I love to make lasagna - traditional and I make a delicious white lasagna with alfredo sauce, chicken, and asparagus. Any pasta dish is fun and I also like to make my own sauces. Mexican food would be next. I never liked guacamole until I found a recipe on here and doctored it up a bit. Casseroles are fun to experiment with. Seasonings are a must! Any dish can be great with the right flavors mixed together!
I also enjoy making appetizers, light and heavy. I am getting better at baking - thanks to several recipes I've found on this site.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My brother and I were the cooks in my family. Although, until I was 10 I thought mashed potatoes were a breakfast food. Our Grandma knew we liked them so she would spoil us when we came over.
I have started my own traditions of making cookies at Christmas and volunteering to make special meals for my family on their birthdays. I can't wait until I have children to start more traditions!
My cooking triumphs
Probably the most recent, and most fun, was my best friend's wedding shower. I volunteered to make all of the food (there were around 10 of us). I decided we could do quesadillas with the quesadilla maker I bought her for the shower. I slow cooked shredded beef and chicken. The meat turned out so tender! I made homemade salsa and guacamole. All of the sides and main dish came together perfectly! After that I considered catering, but only for a minute, that's so much work!
My cooking tragedies
I have never been one to "practice" before making the real thing, although I should have this time... My mother-in-law's favorite cake is German Chocolate. I volunteered to bring a cake. But, since I can't ever seem to go the easy route I decided to make one completely from scratch. The cakes turned out great but the icing was a mess. It was tearing the cake into crumbs. I tried to fix it and it became runny. A total mess! But, with A LOT of coconut, it held together.
No more volunteering for something a little over my head without practicing first!