I'm Beth. I have a bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science; but that doesn't mean I'm necessarily a healthy chef. :P I make a few healthy swaps in most recipes, but won't butcher them for the sake of shaving a measly few calories. It's all about moderation and balance. :)
I cook with (and for) my post-"college" family-- my boyfriend, our roommates, and whoever walks through the door hungry.
My favorite things to cook
Like most college-age folks, we love pizza. So I make a double-batch of crust (Valentino's from the site, with some mods) and let everybody top their own. It's become a Friday tradition-- and it's cheaper than most chains.
Chicken recipes of every variety usually go over pretty well, so I'm always looking for more of those.
I'm an ex-vegan, and still love vegetable-based meals of all sorts, so my first love will always be WELL-PREPARED (none of that mushy stuff)seasonal produce. Mushrooms and peas are some of my favorites-- most unfortunately, they're "the boy's" least-favorite foods.
I like challenging recipes and methods; which is potentially why I love baking so much. Pastries, yeast-doughs, cake decorating-- I love making a good mess.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dad always did the "creative" cooking. He had a few ethnic cook books and a nice wok, and we always enjoyed pretty much whatever came out of it.
My cooking triumphs
17-layer cake! (Me showing off when I decided "14-layer chocolate cake" didn't sound ambitious enough.)
"Just like Buffalo Wild Wings" boneless chicken bites. (Only a triumph because I didn't realize what a catastrophe deep-frying could be without the proper equipment.)
Hopefully, the fondant-covered cake I want to attempt in March for a birthday party.
My cooking tragedies
Water got into my deep-frying pan-- bubbly, dangerous mess.
I ALWAYS burn the bread when I broil it.