I've been cooking since I was a small child--the main household cook for a single Mom and sister since I was 8 or so. Grew up with "The Joy of Cooking", which I read religiously. Spent three years with a classically trained culinary artist/executive chef. Grow my own herbs. I cook as a form of nurture, love, creativity, and art. My husband calls my KitchenAid my mechanical child. He's right, I love that machine. Vroom, vroom, let's cook!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook/eat fondue! I like traditional, homey comfort foods and "that's just too much trouble" fussy stuff. Hors d'ouevres and canapes are fun.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother-in-law cooks and is a doll about sharing recipes. Her chocolate chip cookies are the best this side of heaven--you would not believe. I need to sidle up to her when she's making them--I have the recipe, but she MUST be cheating, because there is a world of difference. She's the best cookie maker EVER; I am marginal. Her Mom, Nana, makes a heck of an apple pie--I married into a family of people who can cook.
My cooking triumphs
I can single-handedly manage a full breakfast for twenty at 2:30 a.m. while tipsy with a little advance preparation. I'm also a very fast cook, when I need o be. I like the slow, even-paced sensuality of cooking--it smells so good--but I can MOVE in a kitchen when need arises.
My cooking tragedies
Made a cheese and mustard white bread from The Bread Bible. Took hours; threw it away. Disgusted! I think I'm not savvy enough to use that book; somebody needs to write a New Testament version for us slow learners. :)