I'm a grad student trying to make it through school while having to cook for myself! I tend to cook a big meal on Saturdays (when I have the time to do so!) and then eat leftovers for lunch the rest of the week!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake! I'm a fan of Sandra Lee semi-homemade-type cooking...it's quick and easy. I'm also a fan of meals that don't require many dishes. I grew up on a lot of American and Italian classics, but I'm starting to experiment with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad would always make pancakes for my sister and I every Saturday morning, and the flavor would be different every weekend based on whatever we had in the house--apples, blueberries, coconut, etc.
My dad is also 100% Italian, so we have lots of food traditions to go along with that--fish on Christmas Eve, making spaghetti sauce together, holiday "dinners" that last alllllll day, etc.
My cooking triumphs
I made mini white-chocolate raspberry cheesecakes and mini chocolate hazelnut cheesecakes for a friend's bachelorette party, and they were a huge hit! Come to think of it, most my desserts have been triumphs.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make chicken piccata for some friends, apparently I didn't quite pound the chicken thin enough or cook it long enough, so when my friends cut into it, it was still raw inside! I had to throw it in the microwave to finish cooking it so it was safe to eat!