I'm a newlywed who loves to cook, and I just love having my own kitchen! I live in Germany where my husband is from, and we enjoy lots of dark grainy breads, local cheeses and sausages, and since we are in the wine region, we are blessed with good local wine.
My favorite things to cook
I've transitioned from desserts and baking into more health-conscious cooking. Although baking will always be my first, smoldering love!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any cooking traditions. :( I learned to cook for myself as a child through TV and experimentation.
My cooking triumphs
When I was 16 I made this humungous chocolate cake for my boyfriend's grandmother's birthday. Everyone really enjoyed it and was amazed that it was so huge.
My cooking tragedies
One time I made a really nasty birthday cake with whole wheat flour, because I was trying to be more health conscious. After the first bite everyone just looked at each other, grimaced, and burst out laughing. Including me. Then recently, I tried to make my first strawberry cake in my mother-in-law's kitchen. Something must have gone terribly wrong because it didn't rise at all. It was as heavy as cast iron when it was done. My mother-in-law dusted it with a little powdered sugar to try and cheer me up. That was so cute. But it was definitely the worst cake failure I've ever had.