Hi! I'm a college student living in the heart of Atlanta. I am good enough at baking, but I am terrible at cooking, and have recently decided to learn. So here goes nothing! (Except maybe a finger, or my pride... :p) When I'm not cooking, I am studying for classes, whitewater rafting, going to Georgia Tech football games, or quilting. :)
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, it's easy and mathematical and straightforward, especially with cupcakes and brownies. My cannoli is awesome, and I eat eggs-in-a-nest almost every day. I also love Japanese food, so sometimes I'll just throw together some kanikama, tsukemono, hijiki, or whatever else I have with rice. And for some reason, pumpkin pie is my favorite dessert to make!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Since my maternal grandmother is Japanese, I grew up eating a lot of Japanese food. Gyoza, udon, ohitashi, gomoku, oden... I love it all! (Well, except natto, which is basically like spiderwebs mixed with battery acid.) I am also very Southern, and both of my parents hail from the South Carolina Low Country, meaning I like chicken bog, Calabash seafood, pecan pie, hummingbird cake, and deep fried anything. Being the oldest grandchild on both sides of the family, I had the privilege of having lots of attention my first few years.
One memory in particular I have is of my paternal grandmother taking me into her massive kitchen and making little pancakes that were beween two and four inches in diameter, and more often than not, she showed me how to make Angel Biscuits. She gave me a donut hole cutter to make lots of tiny little biscuits. I ended up walking around with a freezer bag full of baby-sized biscuits all the time!
My cooking triumphs
My freshman year of college, my boyfriend was going to cook a dinner for us and some friends, and for dessert I suggested we make our own cannoli since he couldn't get them from the store near his home (since he is from L.A., and we live in Atlanta). He thought I was crazy, but we discovered that our local chain of grocery stores sell cannoli shells, and we made our own filling. That Christmas I made it for his very Italian family, and they loved it! I was so proud! Now they make it all the time!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to cook a meal was my senior year of high school; I had Stouffer's frozen stuffed bell peppers, green beans, shells and cheese, and rice. I made it while waiting for my parents to come home, but when they arrived, I promptly burst into tears: the shells and cheese were burnt on the bottom of the pot, the stuffed peppers were scorched, the green beans were overcooked, and the rice was stiff. Although my mom hastily tried to fix my mess, and both of my parents tried to convince me that everything tasted just fine, I was terribly upset and could not be consoled.