Scientist during the day, artist at night. Getting home from a very analytical job and starting a meal is so amazingly relaxing... Cooking is my daily creative outlet apart from gardening and drawing.
My favorite things to cook
Pretty much anything! It's all an adventure, but lately I've been working specifically on making items that are new to me (pastas, grains, sauces), and meals that are healthy and protein-veg adaptable. Breads and seasonal fruit desserts are my favorite weekend treats to bake!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dinner with the family was a huge part of growing up. No matter what we were doing, or which directions we were going, everyone sat down to a home-cooked, from scratch, out-of the-garden dinner (in the summer) every night. I especially remember Thanksgiving turkey done on our Webber BBQ; so golden and crispy on the outside and moist inside! We'd stand around the BBQ for hours just sniffing and waiting for the bird to be done. I'm continuing the tradition of dinner as togetherness with my family.
My cooking triumphs
A 3 tier, custom turquoise fondant cake with pearl dusted fondant daisies for my sister's bridal shower. Every part except the silver dragees hand-made. Amazingly for a first-time fondant experience, it came out nearly perfect thanks to all the advice from AllRecipes members!
My cooking tragedies
I'm around 5 or 6 years old. Mom is out in the garden and I decide to make chicken noodle soup from a packet. Half way through boiling the noodles, I add more noodles, because it doesn't look like there are enough. Oops! Crunchy and overly tender noodles together! I've never forgotten that first basic lesson in cooking.