I've been cooking and baking since I can remember. I come from two big southern families. The black side of my family taught me about pie crust and greens and snapping turtle soup. My mom's side is white, where I learned about baked beans and bourbon balls and mashed potatoes. I've always been adventurous in the kitchen, and I credit screwing up when I was younger for helping me be the versatile cook I am today.
My favorite things to cook
Nothing puts me in a good mood like making pastries. Any dish that requires a lot of preparation and looks pretty is sure to be a favorite.
My cooking tragedies
I asked my grandfather to teach me how to make his fruit cake when I was young, and I didn't write the recipe down! Now he's passed and the recipe has disappeared with him. I'm confident I'll be able to crack it one day, though.