I love to cook. Right now I'm always on the lookout for great quick recipes. I don't have a lot of time when I get home in the evening. My mom was my greatest influence - I can see how much she taught me when I look back on it.
My greatest accomplishment: I feel fantastic when I have played with a recipe and really made it my own.
I was born and raised in Taiwan (my parents are missionaries there). I put that as my hometown even though I am an American since I lived there until I graduated from High School.
My favorite things to cook
It's so hard to narrow this down. I love cooking Chinese foods. I also love a good soup and yummy pastas. I really love dips and have a whole bunch that I love to make (and eat). I have been baking more - my husband loves dessert. I just try not to eat too much of what I bake.
My cooking triumphs
Here are a few...
Chicken pasta with Thai peanut sauce: I didn't like any of the recipes I saw so I combined a bunch of them to come up with the flavor I wanted. The results were great.
Pasta e Fagioli: I loved this soup and have kept improving on it whenever I make it. Now I like my recipe the best!
Beef brisket: It turned out so good and I can't wait to make it again and tweak it to make it my own.
My cooking tragedies
I was making cornbread and realized I had no cornstarch. They really don't taste the same without that.