Time does fly! In 2009 I married my husband who comes from Ukraine and is a better cook than I am!!! We spend our time between Corning New York, Rome Italy and Lviv Ukraine. Brings a fun international diversity to our cooking and eating! Now we've been joined by our little papoose who I'm making baby food for these days!
My favorite things to cook
I love making soups as well as baking. So I guess comfort foods are my favorite things to cook! Also love trying new recipes and since we live abroad, making favorites from home that we can't get here by scratch! IE, bagels, ranch dressing, taco seasoning and Peanut butter cups! :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is a homemaker in the truest sense of the word. Her lemon chicken is a classic for birthdays and special meals, and I am a sucker for her no-bake cookies! My hubby has his own traditions and makes some amazing vereniky (Ukrainian perogies!) complete with butter and onions, and his chicken-garlic soup is a frequent item on the menu during cold/flu season! YUM.
My cooking triumphs
I've pulled off some pretty great dinners in a number of different countries, relying on allrecipes.com, especially referring to the ratings and comments of recipes. A few favorites were an Easter dinner for 40 eastern european students at an institute in Austria, (ie, Coconut Cake III, Spring Strawberry spinach salad and more) and a 35th anniversary meal for my parents: Balsamic Filet Mignon, Field Salad, Syrian green beans and White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake.) and most recently, a Christmas Themed Mystery Dinner for my mom's 61st birthday. (including Cream of Garlic Soup and Orange Ginger Pork Roast). So much fun, and such great results!! Thanks a million!
My cooking tragedies
flopped tiramisu a few times. brownies that burnt on the corners and were soup in the middle... (I blamed it on the oven). Oh, and did I mention that I caught the toaster on fire while making...um....toast?