I'm an American living in The Netherlands since 2002. I moved here to live with my Dutch guy, who is fantastic and luckily adventurous about his food. As with many other transplanted women, I resorted to the kitchen after moving to learn to cook a taste of home and gain some control of my new life. It's meant a real turn-around in my cooking talents. I'm much more creative than ever before. It's great!
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases of favorites but southwest cooking, Thai and any stir-fry are always in the menu agenda. Traditional Dutch dishes are tossed in there as comfort food for my guy, and I've grown to love the "stamppots" (mashed potato with almost anything else smushed in). Baking is my real love and the downfall of my diet but it's fun trying new skills.
Recently I'm trying to cook more healthy dishes so beans and fresh veggies play a big part.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings have been introduced to my new Dutch family to varying degrees of delight. They are amazed at the variety offered for just one meal.. ;^)
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving dinner in NL. Just finding the ingredients was a challenge and then cooking it all in one small oven made it even harder.
Creating my own crispy orange cookie recipe. WooHoo!
My cooking tragedies
Good grief, there are too many to list. Live and learn is the key, I guess.