I was raised with a Korean mother who is an excellent cook. Sadly, I didn't help cooking enough in the kitchen. I'm actually not much of a fan of cooking. We have 2 Birman cats who we treat like children. I enjoy skiing, hiking, traveling, and geocaching.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that I can make without having to stand in the kitchen for an hour. I love my Tak Toritang (korean spicy chicken & potato) recipe because I only have to chop up a few vegetables and relax while it's simmering.
My favorite family cooking traditions
On New Years, my family helps my mom make spring rolls, crab cheese wontons and rice cakes, which is an all-day event. We make enough to give to friends, take to partys, and have enough leftovers to last.
My cooking triumphs
My favorite meal my mom ever made me was Tak Toritang, a korean spicy chicken and potato meal. It always hit the spot and when I went to college, I asked her for the recipe. I cook it for my husband now practically every week. We might as well set up a night to be "tak toritang" night. I have to throw in extra chicken now because he likes to snack on "Korean wings" the next day.
My cooking tragedies
Not knowing all my mother's great recipes.