Having grown up in California, lived in NY and now just moving to Michigan, my cooking is eclectic. I have Dutch parents and a Mexican heritage husband - so it even gets more interesting.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cooking triumphs
For a party of visiting family or friends, at times I prepare an Indonesian feast - always a big hit. Another triumph is watching my young daughter cook - she made tamales from scratch all by herself (I was not allowed in the kitchen) at 10! This year, we bought a smoking box, so smoked turkey was an achievement.
My cooking tragedies
I learned I was not a baker at 9 years old when I baked a coconut meringue pie for my mother. It looked absolutely beautiful but it tasted awful because I had substituted one ingredient I did not have. I learned then that cooking allowed me to be more creative and artistic.