*formerly MuffinPuffin317* Luckily, I don't actually suffer from insomnia, but I don't get much sleep and I have been known to stay up until ungodly hours to bake. I'm still a beginner, and I learn something new every time I cook! Since I love trying new things, I rarely make the same dish more than once or twice -- so I usually read multiple reviews and make a few changes to each recipe I try. Visit my baking blog at http://insomniacbaker.blogspot.com/ !
My favorite things to cook
Cupcakes, cookies/bars (I'm on the quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie!), cakes, pies, muffins & quick breads, appetizers, soups, and vegetarian meals (especially Middle Eastern or Indian style, with interesting spices and sauces).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad's waffles, latkes at Hanukkah, matzo ball soup at Passover, and my mom's amazing chocolate cake for birthdays!
My cooking triumphs
My greatest triumph so far was re-creating a pie described by a friend who had enjoyed it long ago and never gotten the recipe. He said that I got it "perfect"... and I must say that it was the best pie I have ever eaten.
Another triumph was winning Cupcake Hero with my Raspberry Almond Matcha Cupcakes in August 2010!
My cooking tragedies
Baking brownies with a friend, when I was even more of a beginner... she said one-half cup of oil, but I heard one-and-a-half cups of oil. Let's just say those brownies were not really edible. x-P -- I have also failed at fudge twice - the first time making World's Best Peanut Butter Fudge from AR, I somehow forgot to let it cook for 5 minutes and it turned out tasty but too soft. The second was making regular chocolate fudge, when I thought I did everything correctly but it turned out extremely gooey. (It made a fantastic hot fudge sauce for ice cream though!)