I am a sixteen year old girl living in the United States. I've been in Oregon all my life, and have very rarely travelled out of the state.
I'm a very open-minded but shy person, who always spends great amounts of time debating both issues and decisions. I've lived what I would call a fairly tough life, and have plenty of emotional issues to deal with.
I have always spent my free time exploring new hobbies. I have, around 2 years ago, developed a profound love for cooking and creating food. With an at-home mother, picky younger sister, and a father who is self-employed... elegant, expensive dinners are not at all something we frequent. I strive to learn great cooking, and someday cook something up that turns out truly amazing! Maybe the wonderful people here will help me with that.
My favorite things to cook
Personally, the most I have cooked is soup and pasta. I have put my own spin on such, and come out with things like a Tomato-Garlic Pasta, Cheesy Potato Soup, Chicken Soup with Angel Hair... and a few more. Being only recently introduced to the world of cooking, and knowing I can cook, I want to explore and learn a lot more. So, in the future, hopefully I can create wonderful dinners for any guest I have over.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Most traditions are passed from my grandmother, who was an excellent baker. My mother has been working over Christmas time to carry on her traditions.
My father is someone who really enjoys meat, especially beef. Red Meat is something we could definitely not stip from our diets. He grills wonderful steaks, and even I wonder how they always come out perfect. He can make even a chewy, tough steak taste great. All I know is that he swears by using McCormic's Steak Seasoning, and a splash of Lea & Perrin's Worsteshire Sauce.
A family meal that was an awkward suggestion made by my mother long ago was the combination of pan-fried beef patties and sticky rice. This meal has been in my family ever since, and is made regularly!
Otherwise, cooking traditions are few and far between. We stick to our own recipes for meals, and most cooking 'traditions' are just invented by my parents.
My cooking triumphs
I have made a wonderful homemade chicken noodle soup, provided with no recipe, all by my lonesome. I had prepared it for my boyfriend who had a tooth pulled and needed something soft to eat. He loved it, which made me so happy. I have continued making this, and other people who have tasted it have also enjoyed it. I have also successfully made homemade chicken stock, which tasted so much better than typical store-bought broths!
My cooking tragedies
This sounds so cheesy, I know, but so far my worst cooking experiences were burning ramen noodles and exploding an Arby's sandwich in the microwave. Haha, and they don't even count as me.. really cooking. I suppose I just fail at reheating/cooking packaged or premade foods?