I am a young college student with not a lot of money or free time. Instead of going out and spending a lot of money my boyfriend and I enjoy making a meal together over a bottle of wine. I love learning new techniques and using novel ingredients.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking hearty dishes with lots of flavor. One of my favorite dishes is a slow-cooker savory pork butt roast stew with garden vegetables and smashed potatoes with a gravy used from the juices of the roast.
I also love to make pan-seared chicken thighs. I will take them in any direction - be it Italian, Mexican or French, I just think it's a fabulous cut of meat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every meal I have ever cooked with my father begins with a giant salad. We use whatever fruits and vegetables are in the fridge and mix them all together - it's a new dish every time! I also remember since a child not getting special treatment just because I was young. I was eating salmon, calamari, offal and whatever else my dad was making as a young child. Because of this I have a refined pallet even at the young age of 21.