I love food and the scale confirms it! :D
I enjoy baking for friends and family, and especially love decorating the things I bake. If I make dinner, I do go all out making it not just taste good, but look good, too!
I've never been to cooking school but was hired as a baker's apprentice at a gourmet restaurant in February 2009. It's awesome!
My favorite things to cook
Cookies and cakes are my favorite things to cook, and I never use a box! Everything tastes better when it's made from scratch, in my opinion.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husbands' family makes nut rolls every Christmas. I mean, a LOT of nut rolls. It's an all-day thing, and by the end of the day, every thing's covered in flour and dough.
My cooking triumphs
For an office party, I was asked to make a going-away cake for a coworker who was going into the funeral business (of making monuments). I whipped up a standard vanilla cake, and decorated it to make it look like a tombstone, including crumbled-cookie dirt on the bottom, and colored icing accents. The cake had accidentally cracked at the top (a big crack, too!), so I decorated the crack with black icing to make it look totally natural and intended. Everyone at the party kept asking at what bakery the cake was bought! The coworker was very delighted when he found out it was baked especially for him by another coworker.
My cooking tragedies
On my third date with my now-husband, then-boyfriend, I decided to make gourmet hamburgers. Everything was going great until I went to broil them. I was at college, and I guess the broilers were not up to par. When I put the hamburgers in, they caught on fire after less than a minute! I was so scared that I would set off the sprinkler systems in the dorm that I grabbed them out of the oven, raced out of my dorm room, and threw the pan in the snow! We had a good salad that night, though. :)