I'm a bit of a hedonist. I love to eat, drink, and be merry. Funny enough, though, I often like the cooking even more than the actual eating. And feeding other people! I'm the eldest sibling in a fairly big family, so I've been cooking for a while. I'm always trying to get better, though!
I'm of Irish descent, from California, and that has definitely colored my taste in food. My boyfriend is Greek and Italian, so I've added a lot of those flavors to my recipe collection as well. But I like just about everything! I go through phases of cooking only Irish, then I'll follow it up with something random like Armenian or Moroccan food.
My real specialty is in blending drinks, though. I'm a bartender at a neo-Japanese restaurant, and I love it!
My favorite things to cook
Soups, stews, ratatouille, "ethnic foods"... anything that involves blending flavors and finding a harmony between them. And always something new!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Comfort foods. Anything with potatoes. Making the most out of a few dollars.
My cooking triumphs
I think I was the most proud of my first Thanksgiving turkey. My dad had always taken responsibility for the bird, but was unavailable. So I kind of... winged it. It came out amazing!
My cooking tragedies
hahaha- Anybody who started cooking as a little kid has the same stories. You learn that you can't fry cheese, and that tuna pancakes are not nearly as cool as they sound.