I'm originally from Connecticut, but moved to the Netherlands about 4 years ago. I live with my Dutch husband right outside of Amsterdam. I love to cook and love trying new recipes however, my bigget challenges so far since I've moved here was trying to get used to how small my oven was (sadly a turkey just will not fit) and figuring out the Dutch word for the ingredients I need!
My favorite things to cook
My favorites are Mexican and Italian however, with a husband that hates cheese it's been somewhat of a challenge to cook either and just leaving the cheese out doesn't work. Since moving to Holland I have discovered Indian and Thai which are both very popular here - and the recipes do not call for cheese!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year my family has a Christmas caroling party - a tradition that has been going on for more than 40 years. After the caroling part is over - we all meet back at my father's house to get warmed up. We always make 2 pots of great soup to warm everyone up, lots of snacks and of course Gluhwein!
My cooking triumphs
Cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner for 15 people from scratch - well except for the Turkey - which didn't fit in the oven and had to have the butcher cook that. The best part was I was the only American so everyone else didn't know what to expect so if I messed up, no one would know the difference!
My cooking tragedies
Oh God, too many to list - but thankfully I have a great husband who will eat whatever I put in front of him and can always find at least one positive thing to say.