I'm a grad student who discovered that the kitchen is not a place to be afraid of after getting married in 2010. My husband is a wonderful cook, and has passed his love of food on to me. It's great to share that with each other. Unfortunately my schoolwork keeps me away from home quite often, and I don't get to enjoy cooking as much as I'd like; however I make the most of what little time I have in my kitchen. I'm a pesco-vegetarian, or pescetarian (I eat seafood but no meat) while my husband is a regular ol' omnivore. This creates some challenges for our meal planning, but I think we compromise pretty well. :)
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my slow-cooker!!! So I love to cook anything in my slow-cooker. I'm especially fond of cooking Indian, Mediterranean and Asian dishes, but also enjoy things a bit more tame once and a while.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is a great baker, and each year for New Year's she makes a Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake). Delicious! I'm also a big fan of her potato pancakes, which are made every year as a special treat for supper on Good Friday. My grandma's Rainbow Cookies (which everyone calls Petite Fours, even though they're not petite fours...) that are made every Easter are also a treat for me. I'm really happy to have found a recipe (actually, on this website!) for Spaetzle, a German noodle that my family has always loved but for some weird reason has always bought frozen. I can't wait to try the recipe and hopefully start a new tradition in our German family! :)
My cooking triumphs
I'm so lucky to have my husband, who has patiently taught me to cook ever since our marriage in August 2010. Since then, some of the best things I've made have been (in my opinion): Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Satay, Creamy Summer Squash Soup, Vegan Potato Curry, Baked Apricot Chicken, Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie, and a Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake for my husband's birthday this summer.
My cooking tragedies
*sigh* Sadly, I have had many cooking tragedies. I have burnt everything under the sun - eggs, chicken, vegetables (on the stove), rice (in the microwave), oven mitts, water (yep.), tofu, chocolate... everything. I have also made less-than-tasty dishes. The worst one that comes to mind is when I attempted to make mini pot pies in ramekins using crescent roll dough, cream of celery soup and canned veggies... The dough did not cook, the filling was... *shudder* It was just bad. I'm glad I know better now.