I'm an otolyaryngology nurse by day but a baker by night. I always say when I grow up I'm going to be a pastry chef. Who knows maybe some day I'll make it to culinary school. I've always been facinated by the chemistry behind the recipies and what role each ingredient plays in the final product.In the mean time I satisfy my baking needs by baking for everyones birthday in my office, creating whatever they challenge me to.
My favorite things to cook
Cakes,pies,desserts, chocolate candies.I've been making desserts for others for as long as I can remember.I always joke with my husband because I can't cook too well but I bake like a fiend...he can't bake but boy is he a great cook!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Even though it's not baking, I'm getting better at duplicating my mom's (almost famous) vegetable soup. Someday perhaps I'll master my mother-in-laws chicken soup. Other traditions include baking Christmas cookies with my daughter (sometimes it's over the phone-she cooks in San Diego and I cook here- both while we're on speaker phone!)There's also the weekend in July each year that I bake about 12 dozen sticky buns for our firehouse breakfast.(The family helps by running away!)
My cooking triumphs
My Brother-in-laws wedding cake. It was beautiful and tasted good too. My husband is a student in a Masters in Nursing preparation course and have baked cakes to represent different anatomical organs that have earned him (and me) some fame and him an A.
My cooking tragedies
I have a chocolate cake recipe that tastes great but once many years ago It came out with big crack in it and was dubbed the fault cake. The same cake was once made for a family dinner and I realized As my brother was about to take a bite of his slice that I had forgotten half the sugar and I took it right out from under his fork. Then there was the carmelized onions that I kept saying weren't brown enought yet...until they burned onto the casserole dish. Oh well...I'm a master baker in training!