I'm learning more about cooking every day. I love to create and to share the excitement of new recipes and new ideas.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything with carbohydrates! However - that does not mean I am a carb freak. I just like to make good breads, cookies, pies, and cakes. My second fave would be meats. The Hungarians have such wonderful techniques for bringing out the ideal flavors in any cut of meat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like to "weird out" regular recipes, and I especially love "kitchen sinking" recipes. That is - I'll add rosemary to my shortbread cookies, jalapenos to my lemonade, and make a loaf of bread with leftover oatmeal, butternut squash, wild rice and black strap molasses. Somehow it all turns out amazing!
My cooking triumphs
The very first time I entered any foods in a state fair contest, I entered one item in each of three different categories. Surprise! At the end of the fair, I found out I had won first place in ALL THREE of the categories I had entered. It was my "so there!" moment to myself that all my "weird" foods are not that weird after all.
My cooking tragedies
It took me ten years to learn how to cook bacon without burning it! I always used to get distracted and would end up burning all of it. Now i just lay out the bacon on parchment paper, put it on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake it in a slow oven with a timer (and sometimes also with a back-up timer!). So far, this is the only way I have ever been able to cook bacon without killing it!