I have always had someone cooking for me or eating out. My daughter called me the "spectator chef" because my favorite channel is Food Network, I collect cookbooks and browse recipes a lot. When she said that, I thought to myself, I don't want to be a spectator any longer so I rolled up my sleeves and began cooking. I'm still learning but in the wise words of my great chef of a boyfriend "You must be willing to fail at a dish and waste ingredients to make something brilliant" So after a few mishaps, I'm on the road of being able to change up recipes and learning spices/ingredients to better fit my taste buds.
My favorite things to cook
I love mexican and asian dishes, stews, soups, slow cooker recipes and anything I can do in a wok. I love recreating my parents recipes and making them my own.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving dinner is the first meal I helped prepare with my mother and sister. We have been doing it together for over 20 years and when I think of cooking traditions, I think of that day!
My cooking triumphs
Making my own pumpkin puree and making a pie that everyone (about 30 people so far) has said it is the best pumpkin pie they ever tasted. I followed a recipe on here, but making my own puree and adding vanilla to it made the biggest difference in my opinion (and those 30 people).
My cooking tragedies
When I was 18, I was actually banned from my parents kitchen. I blew up a casserole dish, caught fire to my mother's plant over the sink, and ruined everyone's dinner within a matter of about 5 minutes. So it became a joke. There were "wanted signs" with my picture that said to call the house police if I was seen using kitchen utensils. My family is very close so this type of practical joke was taken lightly. But now I love having my parents and siblings over to dinner and hear them rave about what I've created!