I graduated from university in May, and am now working at an art museum at the university. My husband is a computer netwok administrator at a candy and gourmet food distribution company. We just closed on our first house a few weeks ago!!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking anything, but my favorite foods to prepare are ethnic and regional foods, because they're so flavorful, and I also like to bake. I am a vegetarian, so I do a lot of that type of cooking. However, my husband likes meat, so it's a bit of a challenge for me to make meat for him, but I enjoy trying out recipes and wowing him!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom has a great sugar cookie recipe from her mom, and every Christmas she would make the sugar cookies, and my brother and I would decorate them (and get pretty messy ourselves!)--it was so much fun! I hope that in a few years when I have kids I will be able to do the same with them.
My cooking triumphs
I just finished creating my own blueberry vinegar for a blueberry vinaigrette--it was a bit of a challenge to get just the right flavors, but I finally got it just right! Another triumph was a triple chocolate mousse cake I made for my husband's birthday two years ago. It had dark, milk, and white chocolate mousse between 4 thin layers of not-too-heavy chocolate cake. To finish, it was frosted with a chocolate ganache. It took forever to make, and was a semi-painful process, but it was oh so worth it--it looked and tasted like it was made by a professional!!
My cooking tragedies
Umm...I know I have some, but I can't think of any right now...