My interest in cooking began about 3 years ago when my children began going to school after years of homeschooling. With the free time I had, I decided to explore different recipes and really enjoy discovering new dishes for my family and friends. It's becoming more like a hobby than just an everyday task. People think I'm an amazing cook when all I do is try my best to follow directions. It doesn't always turn out the way I planned but I have learned so much through all the mistakes which is really why I love the experience.
My favorite things to cook
I love making a lot of Italian dishes and various Italian chicken recipes such as chicken parmesan, chicken piccata, chicken french and so much more. I also enjoy making more traditional Vietnamese dishes like Pho, pate chaud, fried rice, sweet rice with coconut, Vietnamese noodle salad to name a few.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like to brine my turkey every year for thanksgiving and I always use the Williams-Sonoma turkey brine. It's a big hit with my family and friends. Dry brine is the best kind to use because it's less hassle. For Christmas, I love making peppermint cheesecake.
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I don't have a specific ingredient for any recipe, I was able to search online to make my own or use substitutes which saved me a lot of time and too many frivolous trips to the store.
My cooking tragedies
One year, I tried making homemade stuffing for Thanksgiving, and wasn't able to get the right texture of the breadcrumb mixture. I added so much stock to it that it became too soggy. Also I over-toasted the bread trying to make my own bread crumbs which made it bitter. I should have followed my instinct and throw out the burnt bread but thought I could still use it if I could just scrape the burnt part off. Well the stuffing ended up being soggy from too much stock and the bitter taste of the burnt bread crumb was still apparent. I ended up throwing the whole thing out because there was no redeeming quality about it.