I live in Osaka, Japan, where I've been for the last seven years. I have a tiny apartment, a tiny kitchen, and a big tall boyfriend :-) I like to cook and bake because it saves money and sometimes gives us food choices that we wouldn't find at restaurants here (e.g, good Mexican food & proper cake). I'm so lucky, because my boyfriend loves all kinds of food!
My favorite things to cook
Baking is my favorite, and is where I indulge my sweet tooth. Cooking is where I try to pay a bit more attention to nutrition. Lately I've been making comfort foods and desserts from home (when I can; ingredients can be scarce), because food is something I get really homesick for. I can make Japanese food too and do enjoy it, so maybe I'll post some recipes...
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always loved my Grandma Audrey's fried potatoes, and my Grandma Katie's spaghetti and meatballs; and my Grandpa Bob is a cookie-making machine during the holidays!! For the last few years I've also been making a Christmas breakfast for my family when I'm there visiting--it's the same every year, breakfast casserole & cinnamon crumble coffee cake.
My cooking triumphs
Helping my cousin Rachel pull off an entire Thanksgiving dinner here in Japan a couple years ago was an experience I'll never forget--what a special day :-)
My cooking tragedies
Not so many of those come to mind... maybe I blocked them out ;-)