Booge (Booj) is my nickname and my nephews added "Gourmet" when they were in Jr. High--both have graduated college. I love adventure in the kitchen. I try new recipes all the time, especially when company is coming. Once or twice a year, I take cooking classes at our local Seasoned Chef Cooking School.
My favorite things to cook
I cook in cycles: Italian cooking, then salads, casseroles, grilled meats, gourmet hamburgers, dishes with liquours. Currently I'm on a soup kick. I do bake quiches on the weekends all year round. I'm submitting my first orginal quiche recipe today!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My tradition is to go to the Tattered Cover bookstore each year around November 1 and buy the cooking magazine that has the most recipes I want to try.
My cooking triumphs
Before I start cooking, I set the table to create the mood and my inspiration for the meal. My most memorable dining experience to-date was dinner for 10 Christmas Eve 2008. China with matching candles purchased in Sonoma on our Thanksgiving trip, grandma's woven table runner and a new hand-blown glass vase set the stage. I served Five Brother's Strawberries in Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fool Proof Rib Roast, Marcella Hazan's Spinach Sauteed with Olive Oil and Garlic and Ciabatta Bread rolls. Simple yet elegant--a delightful meal.
My cooking tragedies
Two come to mind: pumpkin pie that didn't gel and homemade ice cream that overflowed the bowl and gummed up the motor.