I am in the entertainment industry but love cooking and turn to it as a relief from everyday work stresses, etc. I love entertaining and cooking for friends. I come from a whole family of excellent cooks, and my father actually owned a little lunch counter type restaurant in Chicago in the 1940's. He was in the midst of writing his own cookbook as a retirement project, but never saw it finished before he was gone.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking most of all - oddly, the thing that makes most cooks run from baking is the thing I love the most about it - the precision and the science of it. I like the challenge of knowing that a small misstep along the way could kill a recipe...and the triumph of really getting something right is all the sweeter! I also enjoy summer cooking - grilling and creating fresh salads, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother was a great German cook and I make some of her cookies, pastries and puddings regularly. I am the youngest in my family, but the responsibility of upholding tradition and recreating all of her Christmas baking fell to me - and I am proud to be keeping her memory alive in all of her amazing baked goods.
My cooking triumphs
I have created multiple cake / cupcake recipes from scratch, and have garnered raves from friends and colleagues who have sampled them. I haven't competed myself, but I passed a cupcake recipe on to my great niece and it won both her division and best in show at a cooking contest! I am more interested in feeding friends and sharing my love of good cooking than winning contests with my recipes.
My cooking tragedies
Anyone who bakes can talk about the strange rubbery cake, the dry hockey puck biscuit, the ultra flat cake...I have had them all in the process of experimenting and creating in the kitchen. I can't say that I have ever set anything on fire or created more dramatic chaos and havoc in the kitchen...yet.