I am 23 years old and a 2nd grade teacher in Frederick County, Maryland. I just got married to Jonathan on November 3rd, 2007. We dated for 5 and a half years before finally getting hitched and getting an apartment together. He honestly cooks more than I do, but he's not the recipe type. He likes to hunt and fish, so I'll be looking for recipes for venison, trout, and all the other wonderful things he brings home!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking just about anything. I especially love recipes with few ingredients... at least while I'm getting started. I also love to bake and make candy. I love Japanese food and soon hope to get into making sushi at home. I am a big fan of hot beverages, especially those I can make and be proud of.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My one grandmother makes AMAZING macaroni and cheese... and also scalloped potatoes. She hasn't taught me yet, but before the wedding she's going to show me all her secrets! She's the type to just throw things together and have it be very comfort-foodish. Always the same things, always food I trust and feel comfortable with. My other grandmother cooks WONDERFULLY too, I especially love her mashed potatoes. She pays great attention to detail and is really into kitchen gadgets and such. Her side dishes are always the best... she does a great variety.
My cooking triumphs
I made an amazing fondue meal once for my fiance and I. We had cheese fondue, followed by cooking our raw meat in the pot, then a chocolate fondue desert. We spent a couple of hours enjoying the great food and each others' company.
My cooking tragedies
I was once baking for a "bake sale" fundraiser my friends and I were doing for Multiple Sclerosis. Everything I tried to bake turned out horrible. My cookies were crumbly, my biscotti stuck to the baking sheet, and I dropped my lovely zucchini bread on the kitchen floor. So I cried, and my grandmother stepped in and baked everything for us. Haha.