I love to challenge myself with new recipes. I try to work with what I've got at home, but once in a while will splurge on new ingredients for a dish I really want to try. I like coming up with new things for dinner and especially like trying new desserts. I want to get better at soups and breads.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake — particularly brownies and bread pudding. I like to make bars and cookies that are different than what people normally find. Check out my food blog at www.redpenrecipes.wordpress.com.
My cooking triumphs
Three recipes I've tried (with hesitation) and was pleasantly surprised by in the end were chocolate lava cakes; white bean and rosemary soup; and seared sea scallops with an orange reduction sauce. Each recipe turned out much better than expected, and I've made them multiple times.
My cooking tragedies
My gazpacho was a failure. I hadn't had gazpacho before, so I went into it without knowing how it was supposed to taste. Lesson learned.