I love spending hours in the kitchen and the thrill of a new dish. I don't particularly enjoy challenging/finicky recipes. I love the tried and true, forgiving, flexible recipes that reflect the love of the cook and the season.
I've recently purchased "Everyday Harumi" and I hope to incorporate Japanese dishes into my repertoire.
My favorite things to cook
Cookies and breads. I always am on the lookout for easy ethnic and traditional recipes that have a regional theme. I particularly enjoy Swedish, Icelandic, and rustic American foods. I'm dying to find easy recipes for lomper, flatbrauð, skyr, and kleina!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday cookies! Thank goodness for the popularity of cookie exchanges - it gives me an excuse to bake and give them all away!
My cooking triumphs
I'm particularly proud of my recent success with a Cooking Light recipe, Milk Honey Raisin bread. Yeast breads are hit or miss with me, but I'm hoping to get better.
My cooking tragedies
My recent Irish soda bread disaster. I blame my oven - the temperature varies wildly and I was solely relying on the timer to indicate doneness. Well, the doughy center of the soda bread inspired me to purchase an oven thermometer.