It's been a long time since I first joined AllRecipes and wrote my About Me! I'm no longer an "overworked tech support specialist," but I still maintain sanity by walking - actually more of hiking - and now I have a dog who keeps me company!
I am now a vegetarian who occasionally eats seafood, so most of my time in the kitchen is spent trying to find vegetarian recipes that suite my family's tastes. Having a "meat and potatoes" husband can make this challenging!
My favorite things to cook
I love stir frys and making my own pizzas. And roasting veggies!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year my sisters, nieces and Mom get together during Christmas time to bake. It's a great time and I love being with all my girls.
My cooking triumphs
My first meal as a vegetarian consisted of me just kinda going off internal inspiration and seeing how it went. I threw a bunch of veggies we had together, coated with so EVOO and seasoned salt, then roasted them in the oven. Meanwhile, I doctored up a jar of tomato basil sauce, cooked some penne, then when everything was done threw it together, layering with cheese. While that baked I was inspired to make my own bruschetta. When everything came together at the end it was almost magickal - everything was super delicious and my husband started to have hope that this "vegetarian" thing wouldn't be so bad after all!
My cooking tragedies
I had been trying to embrace mushrooms more, especially now that the recipes I look at more and more feature them. I had a good experience at a restaurant with them cheese-stuffed mini portabellas, and so I went out and bought some pre-made ones at the grocery store. As soon as the aroma hit me from them roasting in the oven I knew it wasn't going to be good. I pulled them out and all I could thing was it smelled horrid - like rotting foot cheese. I forced myself to take a bite - it was all I had to eat for dinner that night.... awful. Tossed them out and haven't tried another since!