I just got married! My husband is an Iraqi War vet and we live near Cheat Lake, WV with our tuxedo cat, Bella. I am currently going to Med School for my PhD in Biomedical Sciences. I eventually want to research in a government lab. Not so far from the culinary arts as you would think! I enjoy spending time with my family and cooking up goodies for them in what little time I have to myself. It's a stress reliever! I just hate cleaning up afterward...
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake.... cookies, cakes, cobblers, meatloaf, roasts, veggies... you name it, I've probably baked it. I've recently started experimenting with Indian food. One of my favorites is Shahi Paneer Masala. I've never made it as good as our local Indian restaurants, but they've had years to perfect the art! I also enjoy making different kinds of pastas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of these days I'll submit my favorite... Mediterranean Pasta. My sister, mother, and I came up with it while experimenting in the kitchen. We all have 20 years between us, and my sister went to school for Culinary Arts, so we have a lot to "bring to the table" with different perspectives on cooking!
My cooking triumphs
Being able to maneuver around my husband's picky eating to make things we both enjoy. I pride myself on my shrimp scampi and my desserts. My husband loves cheesecake, has tried hundreds, and thinks mine the best. He would tell me if he didn't think so. So that, for me, is one of my greatest cooking triumphs.
I pride myself on trying new things and being able to pull them off. I think it part of it is the chemist in me :) It's knowing what to add, how much, and when. I hardly ever measure spices or herbs that I put in. In fact, the only time I measure anything is when I bake with flour, baking soda, etc. Otherwise, I guesstimate. It always seems to work out!
My cooking tragedies
I tried something similar to an SOS recipe my mother used to make. I made a rue to go in it... the whole dish ended up bland and regardless of how much salt and pepper or other seasonings you put in, the whole thing was entirely inedible. I have never been able to master the hamburger gravy which is very exasperating because it's possibly the easiest thing anyone could ever make.