An engineer and adjunct professor, I cook dinner every night to relax and entertain most weekends. I keep strictly kosher and am constantly looking to expand my horizons within the required constraints. If you're a kosher foodie, please reach out!
My favorite things to cook
I like to mess around and cook using a minimum of ingredients. If I can lower the "unhealthy" quotient of a dish I will. I'm currently working on French techniques and playing with fun gadgets. Lately I've taken to making everything from scratch. However, I'm also very lazy and will do as much in the microwave as possible to avoid washing dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother, a working professional as I am now, has an arsenal of dinner options that take half an hour or less. I have adopted most of them. Who says you can't eat a freshly cooked meal every night, and who says sweet potatoes in the microwave don't count?!
My cooking triumphs
Some pretty nice company dinners and brunches, and Nancy Silverton's Brioche Tart with Creme Fraiche Custard (minus the zabaglione, but I did make the white wine caramel). Recipe is here: http://www.alacartetv.com/baking/recipes/brioche_tart.htm
My cooking tragedies
- Chicken gizzard and chopped liver ravioli with a red wine reduction. Thankfully, I discovered how inedible it was with enough time to implement Plan B. That's why all the chefs say to TASTE AS YOU GO.
- Though I'm working on it, I still can't bake a consistent cake. Give me yeast dough or egg custard any day. I bet I'd be better at making hollandaise than at baking.