I'm finishing up my final year of college at UC Berkeley. Go Bears! I sing in a group on campus and play guitar at Jewish reform services. When I'm not studying for my pre-nursing courses or hiking the hills of Berkeley, I'm spending time with my wonderful boyfriend of two years.
My favorite things to cook
I cook A LOT of pasta. Everyone living in college apartments does; it's practically a law of nature. But I try to make it healthy by adding lots of veggies, and when it's not midterm season I like to cook more elaborate dishes (i.e. I love to make various salmon dishes when I can afford to). My all time favorite kitchen activity is baking, hands down. I love making cupcakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls, and reliably make a cake or pie for the birthday of any close friend (any excuse to bake!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family does not understand why I like to cook so much, as none of them really enjoy it themselves. (They don't complain that I cook for them though: quite the opposite). My mom only cooks because she has to, and often makes excessive substitutions in recipes so that finished product barely resembles what it was intended to. I have picked up some handy tips from my aunt, though, and inherited a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking from my grandmother.
My cooking triumphs
The boeuf bourguignon I made for New Years, accompanied by French Rolls from scratch (the recipe is on this site) literally took all day, but was a total hit.
My cooking tragedies
The oven at my current apartment does not seem to have a temperature setting other than 400 degrees. I discovered this, to my cost, with a fresh batch of cinnamon rolls that I had spent 2 hours making from scratch. They were burnt to a crisp; it was devastating.