I like trying new recipes and cooking for me is a way to show love for my family. There are very few foods I wouldn't at least try once.
My favorite things to cook
I like the process of cooking so I like to cook anything. I also like to make most things from scratch whenever I can.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every month we pick an ingredient from the store that we've never tried before and find a recipe for it. We try to learn a little history about the food and the culture and make the dish as authentic as possible.
My cooking triumphs
I'd never been a good bread baker so I took time to diligently read the first 100 pages of The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart. I've never turned out anything but exceptional bread since then. Thank you, Mr. Reinhart!
My cooking tragedies
I served a hot dish of apple-molasses pork chops for my parents on a glass serving dish. When I placed the glass dish on a metal trivet, the glass shattered. I'm glad it happened with my parents! They were very forgiving, plus I'll never forget the hot glass on cold metal effect.