I work full time and go to school part time and I just bought my first home this spring. There's never any time! But I can't sacrifice my daily home cooked meals. I have a wonderful husband named Jason, a little pomeranian named Bernie, and so many wonderful friends. Besides cooking, I like to read, play video games, workout, do crafts, and shop. I am majoring in English and I plan on getting my Masters of Public Administration next. I work in local government with planning and floodplains.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking main dishes, particularly chicken (our favorite). Jason is lactose intolerant and I'm on a diet, so we find that many oriental recipes are flavorful without using creams or milks or cheeses(probably because most asians are lactose intolerant too!). I try to make something new every day, so I have a WELL stocked spice shelf and pantry. I have complete lines of Asian and Indian spices in my cupboard. My signature dishes? They are actually comfort foods from my youth that I have "healthed up", my turkey chicken meatloaf, my chicken dumpling stew, chicken and rice bake, and rotisserie chicken on the grill. But our new favorites are quickly becoming my Korean Black Pepper Chicken, Tikka Masala, Vegetable (or turkey ham) Fried Rice, Miso Soup, and Spicy Cold Noodles. I do like to bake just a little on the side, mostly around holidays. Pumpkin and oatmeal are my favorite baked goods flavors. Nothing is better than a big soft pumpkin oatmeal cookie!
My favorite family cooking traditions
All holidays meals are an invasion of everyone's favorites in mountain portions. It's the only days we really "let go", and no one's favorite is left out. I love croissants best of all breads, so every holiday had a basket full of steaming hot croissants. The guys of my family loved potatoes, so the mound of mashed potatoes was mountainous. And at the end of every holiday dinner, my mother's expertly assembled dessert trays awaited, with cookies of every shape and size and kind. I looked forward to the food as much as the gifts and time home.
My cooking triumphs
For the 4th of July this year, I wanted to introduce everyone to my new house. Not only that, I wanted a meal to wow. I decided to break from the mold of our family's traditional get-together food and be exotic... to be more "us" as Jason would say. I marinated chicken breast chunks in a sweet and sour sauce, and grilled them on skewers with pineapple, onion, and green pepper chunks, generously brushed with fresh sweet and sour sauce. For variety, I also had spicy soy ginger turkey burgers as an alternative. On the side was my now-famous vegetable fried rice, and various grilled vegetables. It was my most successful family get-together ever.
My cooking tragedies
I'll never forget my first ever year at my first apartment. For mother's day, we decided to have Jason's mother come over for dinner. I didn't have much to work with yet, so I still relied on easy sides like boxed mashed potatoes. As my water was coming to a boil, I set my serving bowl on the oven, warming it a little and getting it ready for the mashed potatoes. I busied myself setting the table and getting everything looking perfect. Just then, I turned around to mix the potatoes and as my eyes fell on the oven, the serving bowl exploded and hot glass came down and melted itself into the rug and floor. I stood there, barefoot, in utter shock as the hot glowing remnants of the bowl sunk deeper and deeper into the flooring. Apparently, I had left one of the burners on from earlier and had set the bowl so close to the burner that was on that it overheated and exploded!! Nothing was edible, we had no idea what the glass shards got into... We took her out to dinner instead.