I was lucky enough to grow up in a family where everyone cooked and baked. My mother had her staples, and my father worked his restaurant chef magic at home. My grandmother made old French classics and my grandfather cooked for the masses. My aunt was always baking, making fun themed cakes for family member's birthdays. I've been helping out in the kitchen, collecting recipes, and studying techniques since I can remember. I've been living with my boyfriend for about seven years now, and have actually managed to get him to start eating some vegetables. Breaking away from my favorite veggies & exploring new ones with him has been a great culinary experience. I've learned and added a lot to my kitchen arsenal. /// I spent Summer 2013 studying abroad in Florence, Italy and spent five weeks backpacking in Europe Fall 2014. They were the best experiences of my life. I plan to implement the European (and particularly the Italian) lifestyle into my own, in & outside the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I really believe in healthier options. I really enjoy cooking vegetables and playing with different, light sauces. And even though I do not very much eat meat, I enjoy cooking red meat. I also enjoy baking, although I haven't perfected the art. I also love to cook Asian foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love our family get together and I really love helping in the kitchen to cook for the masses.
My cooking triumphs
Ever since I got my (adorable) pink stand-up KichtenAid mixer a few years ago, I've been playing a lot with baking. A classic sugar drop cookie has become a favorite. I also have found an amazing, basic vegan recipe for cookie and bread that's great to build from... everything from a simple peanut butter cookie to carrot and zucchini bread. I also I consider myself pretty good at cooking Asian foods and I think I've mastered a few slow cooker recipes, too.
My cooking tragedies
I can NEVER make moist banana bread; I ALWAYS overcook it. It's ridiculous!