I love spicy foods. I will add hot sauce to just about anything. I guess I am what you'd call a 'foodie' because I'm not a picky eater. About the only things I don't eat are "extreme" foods, such as raw animal intestines ... blech. But I will eat anchovies straight out of the can! I love to eat.
My favorite things to cook
I'm much more successful as a baker, as in dessert foods. Earlier this year I ventured into the realm of vegetarian/vegan eating. (I did not give vegans enough credit for their lifestyle.) I must admit I've gone back to a meat-eating diet, however I try to limit it to chicken and fish. That being said I firmly believe in the vegan lifestyle. It's healthy and can be done. Just say no to factory farms. Eating meat is fine, factory farms are not. Vegancoach.com is a GREAT website, very informative, tons of recipe ideas. Lots of myth debunking too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. But lucky for me my parents turned me on to the wonderful world of Southern fare at an early age! I love greens, grits, jambalaya, beans and rice, gumbo, biscuits and gravy, mmmmm ... both my parents, it must be noted, are Michiganders with roots in Canada, England and Germany. Yeah, I don't get it either! I guess they just have really good taste - lucky for me! HA!
My cooking triumphs
My hopefully-soon-to-be-published "Easy Tofu Chili". I only found 2 tofu/vegetarian chili recipes on this site and both of them were gourmet. Mine is not gourmet ... but it tastes gourmet and is a big hit with the carnivores in my life every time I make it. And it certainly could be made gourmet with a little improvisation.
My cooking tragedies
Beef stew in a slow cooker. I am slow cooker stupid which makes me SO MAD!!! I mean, it was the worst meal I've ever made. I was so discouraged after that I didn't cook anything more than a box dinner for a few years after that. Consequently, I don't use slow cookers. I know, unbelievable right? I couldn't believe it either, I'm so disappointed. I need a class on how to use a slow cooker, because I don't get it!