I work part-time in a scrapbooking store at the Mall of America, and I live in an apartment with my wonderful husband Jesse, our roommates Andy and Jake, and our cat George.
I grew up in a family who believed eggs and potatoes were made in the microwave, lasagna had broccoli in it, and the only cheese in the house was Velveeta. With Jesse's help, I'm hoping to plow my way through learning to cook with real food!
My favorite things to cook
Surprisingly, I'm pretty good at banana bread and pancakes. I enjoy trying new recipes, but I get a little discouraged if they don't turn out right!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My maternal grandmother has an amazing sausage stuffing recipe, which I look forward to every Thanksgiving. Now I also enjoy my mother- and sister-in-law's delicious cooking.
My cooking triumphs
The other day I made mashed potatoes from scratch, and they turned out almost as good as my husband's!
My cooking tragedies
One time I was making oatmeal for my husband and myself. It was nearly done when I opened up the cinnamon shaker and tipped it over the pot. Unfortunately, the shaker part had come off and I ended up dumping a huge glob into the oatmeal! It was completely inedible.
Another time I tried to make "Skittle cookies" - just like M&M cookies, right? The Skittles exploded in the oven and fused the cookies to the pan. We had to throw both pans out. The cookies were rock hard and tasted like sour fruit. Yuck!