I'm a Navy wife not to mention a shibby cookin/anime/gaming/bookworm/music lovin' kind of gal, enjoy my art and traveling as well. Currently living in Eastern Pennsylvania and feeling homesick often for my Oregon.
My favorite things to cook
I love trying all kinds of new foods but the fun ones to cook are the ones I can't taste. I'm highly allergic to Kiwi and slightly to Peppers but that doesn't stop me from making great dishes for everyone else that include these spicy/fruity surprises. I love knowing I can still cook great food without even tasting it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad is a professional chef but while he was away working I spent my days in the kitchen with my mom. She came from a family that worked hard all day and ate good in the evenings, so cooking home-style classics was an everyday occurrence. I also really enjoy spending time with nephews and girlfriends during the holidays coming up with new tasty treats.
My cooking triumphs
Definitely could put a few here. I've entered a lot of local county competitions over the years and done well there, (mostly in baking and soups/stews). But I'd have to say my pride and joy are my not so traditional chicken and dumplings, or any dumplings. When you want the dumpling queen you'll be looking for me (j/k)
My cooking tragedies
I've always had a fondness for ham and bean soup. My mom made this all the time and I finally decided I would give it a go. Only thing is I tried to do it from memory. The night rolled onto include a selection of wrong spices and over done cook times, needless to say my husband and me ate out that night. My worst baking disaster was a batch of Smore's Brownies for the Navy Bake Sale, didn't try the recipe before hand and it seemed more complicated than the instruction led on to be. Thankfully I had backups!