I've always enjoyed baking but in recent years, I've delved into cooking as well. I love discovering and trying new recipes, particularly those that use ordinary ingredients in a fresh, new way. My biggest struggle is getting something to taste flavorful but not overdone... and in one hour or less!
My favorite things to cook
Breads, cakes, muffins, cookies... I'm a huge fan of carbohydrates.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is the most amazing cook in the world, but she's difficult to learn from because she doesn't measure anything! She has, however, taught me a good deal about flavoring meats and mixing marinades. She has also taught me a thing or two about Korean cooking. We've been making dumplings and Korean pancakes together for years!
My cooking triumphs
The thought of roasting an entire bird had always intimidated and scared the bejeezus out of me, but one day I just went for it. I picked a recipe (I think from Martha Stewart) and followed it to a tee, and the results were fabulous. The bird was beautiful and golden, and my family raved about its flavor and juiciness.
My cooking tragedies
I decided to make a "tunnel of fudge" cake for a family picnic, but in an effort to "lighten it up," I made a few substitutions here and there, using nonfat yogurt instead of butter and cutting down on the sugar. I guess I made one substitution too many because the end result was pretty horrible. The presentation was wonderful -- the glossy icing dripped down the sides of the cake, and the whole thing looked like a sin waiting to happen -- but the cake itself was dry, dense, and lacking in flavor, and it stuck to the roof of my mouth like nothing I had ever experienced. It was probably the dessert that garnered the most praise when I first unveiled it and generated the most disappointment after people tried it.