I worked in the restaurant industry 6 years and am now working in the luxury hotel industry. I also host an interactive recipe web group on the Care2.com network called Puerto Rico Dish By Dish which is a growing collection of recipes (new + traditional) along with history, photos, news clips, etc from the island of Puerto Rico.
My favorite things to cook
I'm one of the few people who love to make desserts more than eat them. My favorite dessert to make is Tiramisu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite tradition is when all the women of the family would get together to make pasteles. This is a very long process so the time would pass by sharing stories and laughing while making the pasteles.
My cooking tragedies
One traditional appetizer of Puerto Rico is called Surullos. I love these things. Very addictive.
They are the absolutely, totally, simplest thing in the world to make.
For some reason I can NEVER get them right, EVER!. They either come out rock hard or they keep falling apart.