My husband and I are living in Virginia with our daughter, who is a little over one year old. I love hiking, reading, volunteering, cooking, and watching movies.
My favorite things to cook
My cooking passion is baking, but I realize that I can't just live off of sweets. I always love trying new recipes and challenging meals. I'm still learning the art of cooking meat and fish, but I've had pretty good results so far. I love rich, hearty meals with lots of flavour, and I tend to do all of my cooking from scratch.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family's not a huge cooking family, but every once in a while when they cook, it's excellent. My father's side tends to stick to more meat-based meals with a lot of German and Czech influences, since that's where our family came over from. My mother's side cooks more Midwestern, veggie-filled meals. Still lots of meat, but different kinds of dishes.
My cooking triumphs
Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin loaf, sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies, beef stew, baked sweet potatoes, and meringue.
I've cooked a number of things fairly well over the years, but I'm definitely still learning and improving. Each time I make something, it turns out a little better, so that's reassuring. I like to think that eventually, I'll end up as a great cook.
My cooking tragedies
Multi-layer cake, kabobs, grilling, cooking with an open flame, and cooking at altitude.
I just recently moved to live at 6,000 feet. It makes a huge difference from what I'm used to, so it's a learning experience. Also, I have problems cooking things with grills and open flames; I have a tendency to either cook the outside too much and the inside not enough, or just overcook the entire thing.