I received my Associates Degree at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu. And have been cooking in the kitchen with my Mom since the age of 7.
My favorite things to cook
While I have my degree in culinary, I love to bake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorites are actually the most simple, and cheap, to make. My Mom was divorced and had 3 children to feed with no support from our father.
My cooking triumphs
In my basic baking class, I had to make challah bread. The instructor said that it was the best he ever tasted from a student.
And one of the teachers that I had the privilege of meeting was a Master Chef from Germany. I was talking to him about my sausage and sauerkraut and he said that he would like to try it. So I made some and brought it to school. Both he and his assistant loved it. They had only great things to say about it.
I was working at a 5 star resort as a Garde Manger Chef. And everytime we got a dessert order, I would put garnishes on them in a way that would make the servers want them. The first order would always send the others flying in. Once the other guests in the restaurant got their eyes on that first one, that was it; they wanted it!
Whenever there is a potluck, everyone wants to know what I brought. And I hardly ever have any left to take home.
My cooking tragedies
I burnt the sugar that I was carmelizing to make a cake that I learned how to make in school... my house smelled aweful for days! Worse than burnt popcorn. It was, and still is, my best pan. It took ALOT of patience and hard work to get all of the burnt sugar out. It was like a brick in there. It took me about 4 hours, but I did it!