I started to cook for myself when I was in high school because I lived with just my bachelor dad. So, to eat healthy, I had to prepare food for myself. Then, when I left for college, my roommates and I really enjoyed cooking together. I taught them a lot about cooking healthier than than they had eaten most of their lives. When my husband and I got married in 2003, I really got the bug and cooked as often as possible. We lived in our hometown for the first year, and then we moved to Connecticut for him to attend Yale's PA program. This was when I really started to develop more of my cooking habits. I cook every night, and I love this website. The daily dishes come in handy so often. I feel very creative when I cook, and I feel as though it is my outlet after a long day at work.
My favorite things to cook
I love to improvise. My rule of thumb used to be that I would follow a recipe to the letter the first time around, and then I would modify if I made it again. Well, that went out the window quickly. I like to cook low-fat and as healthy as possible, so I normally substitute high fat ingredients for healthier yet flavorful ingrdients. I love to cook anything Southern, Italian, Mexican, and casseroles. I love to bake and make desserts. Sometimes, I think that I would rather bake than anything else. But, I do love to prepare a great meal that satisfies my husband's tummy!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any traditions other than throw it all in the pot and see what happens. My mom didn't cook a whole lot when I was young, so I have learned a lot from my mother-in-law and her friends. My mom looks to me as her cooking guru; she's coming along nicely!
My cooking triumphs
I have made some great desserts that people at parties have just loved. I once made a banana pudding recipe from this site, actually. I didn't soften the cream cheese before beating it, so there were lumps all in the pudding mixture. I was taking this to a huge Thanksgiving dinner, which had many great cooks attending! So, I was soooo nervous, and everyone loved it. My dad's girlfriend kept a huge amount of it, and she ate it for breakfast for days after! She's a wonderful Greek cook, so I was so excited that I had turned an almost tragedy into a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I haven't really had any tragedies. There have been some not so good dishes, but I seem to be able to improvise and save a dish before it's too far gone. My husband is so forgiving, too. He loves most everything I prepare. :)