I went through SRJC's Culinary Program and earned my Baking and Pastry certificate. I took a few other related classes, and was hired at a local market as their morning baker, which I did for a year and four months, before I moved on to being a barista, making coffee drinks, and providing assistance with baking and other duties. When I moved on from there I had been working for two years and 7 months. I married my husband and moved to Tasmania, so I currently do not work due to immigration restrictions, but I do cook and bake and, strange concept for November and December to a native Californian, I garden, raising tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, and herbs.
My favorite things to cook
At home I was usually the person nominated to make birthday cakes or special occasion desserts. I became quite skilled at making pies, thanks to experience with a Fourth of July pie stand a couples years in a row, and my brothers' Eagle Scout ceremony, which required up to 13 pies at a time, and a very busy me hard at work in the kitchen. I am also skilled at making mousses, and cookies. Aside from the sweet aspect of things, I very much love the savory as well, and as a result I have become skilled at meat dishes, sides and more.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has an Italian heritage, and the most amusing tradition is polenta. As kids my brother and I wouldn't touch it, which pressed to invent tasty ways of getting us to eat this cornmeal dish, which included adding cheese, kernel corn, and extra flavorful sauces with chicken or beef to pour over the top. Now we eat polenta with relish. I have my Dad and other family members to thank for my love of cooking.
My cooking triumphs
Candies, pies, and lemon tarts. I make a pretty good green tea pound cake, and a lemon chiffon cake as well. I rather well pride myself on roasted dinners and the occasions around them.
My cooking tragedies
These mostly involved forgetting the time and burning things, or trying to make butter cream. I could never get the hang of making butter cream. :P