My focus is on the basics. I love making a classic dish and being told that I made 'the best version' someone has ever tasted. Homemade food is a lost art, and taking a little bit of extra time to make something is my way of showing people I care about them.
My favorite things to cook
Classic dishes, particularly Southern ones, for my family and friends. I am strictly Gluten Free, so I don't eat what I cook for others.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Grandparents were Romanian immigrants, so I grew up eating the world's best stuffed cabbage rolls and walnut cakes.
My cooking triumphs
I was recently shocked that my first real cheesecake was a success. I read every review I could, followed the tutorial on here about water baths, and amazingly, there was not even a hint of a crack in the surface. If AllRecipes can talk me through that, they can help any novice cook!
My cooking tragedies
Two recipes from cooking blogs were dismal failures: one was for Gluten Free peach cobbler (end result was like wet sand). The other was 'truffle bark', with an end result like that paste we used in preschool. That's how I learned that I need to stick with recipes that are kitchen approved, reviewed, and rated. That's why I rely on AllRecipes and FoodWishes!