I'm 25 years old and live with my boyfriend & our daughter. I've been cooking since I was very young. In high school, I decided it was what I really loved. I took all the home-ec classes available and watched the Food Network constantly, learning all I could. I graduated from culinary school in 2004. I had hoped to go for more schooling & eventually become a pastry chef, but plans changed. I still love cooking but it's hard to find a good job that won't take over your life and now with a daughter, I could never do that. I continue to expand my knowledge thru reading, cooking shows, and experimenting.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything, except seafood. Baking is probably my favorite, but I love trying new things. I also love making comfort foods (especially soups or something in the crock pot).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking cookies at Christmas was always one of my favorite things. We would bake all different kinds and have containers piled up by the time Christmas came. I can't wait until my little girl is old enough to help me. Hopefully she'll enjoy it as much as I did.
My cooking triumphs
The best things I've ever made are probably all the birthday cakes I make for my nephew. Every year, my sister-in-law puts in a request for whatever cartoon character my nephew is into at the time. Seeing his reaction is more than worth all the time decorating it, especially when he continues to talk about it until his next birthday.
My cooking tragedies
I haven't had many cooking "tragedies," lol. The occasional burning of the food or bread.. too much cayenne.. forgetting a minor ingredient.. everything's a learning experience.