My primary culinary interest is baking--someday, when my student loans are paid off (haha) I hope to open a bakey of my own. Aside from baking, though, I am interested in other cooking as well. I especially love holiday entertaining and my friends know me as the hostess who pulls out all the stops when it comes to holiday parties and menus. :-)
My favorite things to cook
Baked goods of nearly any kinds, soups, meat-n-potatoes meals, Italian, pasta, pizzas, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year at Christmas my mom made the "Christmas Breads"--these were three loaves made with sweet dough that was rolled jelly-roll style around fillings. It was always the same 3: almond, poppyseed, and apricot. This year I have my own house now and my mom no longer makes them, so I am going to try to recreate them. Other family cooking traditions include homemade pizza (every Friday night when I was growing up), New Year's snacks, and the favorite "whatever the birthday person wants" on our birthdays.
My cooking triumphs
homemade crescent rolls, decadent lemon butter cake, pot roast, pizza, breakfast danish, lasagna, hamburgers, and potato soup.
My cooking tragedies
Sourdough bread (which I don't really even like...I was simply determined to overcome the challenge but so far the sourdough won every time). A few batches of bad cookies. A tragic cabbage dish. And probably others which have faded to the dark recesses of my meory.