I'm in college getting my second undergrad degree in Family and Consumer Science. I love all that the major covers from cooking, sewing, interior design, child development, nutrition, fashion, and much more. Right now I'm trying to build my own recipe file of tried and true recipes that I can keep on making because they're awesome.
My favorite things to cook
I like making up my own creations and versions of recipes using whatever I have on hand. I like making desserts, pasta dishes, dips, and lots of other things too. I love experimenting, I'll just make up stuff all the time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes the best homemade bread, only she doesn't make it anymore--why is that? I've got to get her to pass her technique to me sometime.
Family cooking tradition I hate: stolen (pronounced schtolen) bread. Disgusting. Gots green cherries and other disgusting candied fruit in it. Why must we keep making this? Nobody likes it and giving it to the neighbors just makes them enemies.
My cooking triumphs
I'm taking a cooking class right now and I love it! So far I've made eggplant parmesean, coconut mound balls, a cake, and cranberry scones with orange frosting--everything has turned out great! Some other things I've made in the past that were good were hot spinach artichoke dip and tuna cassarole (both recipies from this site.)
Update: I also made pumpkin pie, bread sticks, and mustard pork chops in that class. Loved that class.
NEXT SEMESTER: Meal management.
My cooking tragedies
Well, hmm... I've made some pretty tragic cookies. (the oven has problems) There was this one cookie, I think I tried substituting cocoa for chocolate or something--it tasted horrible. No one would touch them so we threw them out.
Recently I tried carmelizing sugar. Third times the charm I guess. First two tries got poured into the sink, they both seized and got all crystalized yucky.