I work 40 hours a week and have a pretty long commute, so when I get home, I like preparing quick and easy meals that taste great. On the weekends, I enjoy baking. I love trying out new recipes on my husband. He always says I take a "customer-satisfaction survey" when we try new foods. How else would I know whether to add it to the rotation or not?
My favorite things to cook
Pasta dishes with lemon and seafood or chicken, cakes, cookies, fun desserts. I like to try to bring my favorite restaurant foods home. The Famous Chicken Francaise from this site is awesome! I also love a good casserole, that must be the southerner in me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I can always remember making Australian Candy as a child, with my mom, or then by myself. I became the official sweet maker at my house, since I enjoyed it. Now, I try to have a big delicious meal on Sunday for my husband, since I'm always taking short-cuts on the weeknights.
My cooking triumphs
Some of my favorite foods are recipes that I came up with on my own, and I am proud of that. My honey lemon chicken is so simple and delicious, and it is my husband's favorite chicken. I came up with "mock" stir-fry, it is healthy and so easy.
My cooking tragedies
When I was a child, I made this chocolate fudge that didn't require any real chocolate, only cocoa powder. It tasted pretty nasty!
As an adult, I tried cooking chicken curry a few years back. At first I burnt the onions, and had to start all over. Then, when it was complete, it was so hot, it made me cry! I then made the mistake of drinking soda instead of water to cool my mouth off, and, oh the tears. It had a good flavor though! Just too hot to eat.