I'm a self taught home cook who isn't afraid to play around w/ recipes. I have a very picky toddler in whom I'm trying to develop healthy, adventurous eating habits. I have lived in Michigan 3 1/2 yrs, and am now a single Mom. I love organics, but can rarely afford them. I get excited by trying new recipes, ingredients and techniques in the kitchen. I prefer gas to electric and my immersion blender is my newest favoritest kitchen toy.I'm seeing a great guy named Eric.I'm making an elegant & unique T-Day dinner that will hopefully impress him.
My favorite things to cook
I like making omelets, soups, stews, chilis, marinades, my own condiments (mayo, relish) and anything else that offers alot of flexibility, creativity, and room for the occasional error.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mom is the best cook ever. Taught primarily by her Mom, she can make anything taste good. Some of my fav memories are of her cooking in the days before Christmas - never writing anything down, usually not measuring. No one can do Christmas dinner like she can. Now that I'm the Mom, I'm working every year to develop our own traditions.
My cooking triumphs
A few things I do well:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Rhode Island Clam Chowder, Lasagna, Lentil Soup, Tijuana-style re fried beans, mac & cheese from scratch, various bisques,
My cooking tragedies
I can't bake to save my life. Not sure why. My cookies are dry & tasteless; cakes are similarly uninspiring. I made a huge, never-before-tried vegetarian meal for all my new in laws. All four courses were nearly inedible.I overcooked the pasta, my sauces were tasteless, my salad dressing tasted alot like poop on a plate. My desserts were overcooked. Everyone left & I was simply mortified. Two days later my new MIL (who never ever criticizes) called & strongly recommended I only make recipes I'm familiar with when entertaining. I can laugh about it now, but I've also never had them over for dinner since.