i am a hopeless urbanite, living on capitol hill in seattle with my boyfriend and our cats. the hill has a funky, diverse, bohemian vibe with lots of great restaurants, thrift shops and cafes. i am a social worker by trade, love my work and clients. i belong to a local darkroom housed in an old established studio on the hill. there are about 11 separate artist studios and 20 or so of us in the darkroom. we have open studios yearly and i love being surrounded by such provocative, talented artists. i believe being inspired to create is one of the best gifts we give each other. cooking is one of the oldest art forms and i get great satisfaction from it...as do my friends and family. i love cooking in my little kitchen up high, looking out at skyscrapers with the city streaming below...cheers everyone and GET YER COOK ON!!
My favorite things to cook
i like baking most anything, love the way the apartment smells. i like doing rubs on meats using the herbs from my garden. after my girlfriends and i go dancing i love to come back to my apartment late at night and make them strawberry buckwheat pancakes and scrambled eggs with havarti cheese and rosemary. lately, i've been cooking with a lot of coconut milk, red curry and nutmeg.
My favorite family cooking traditions
my dad was an excellent cook...not taking anything away from mom but dad would make sunday breakfast, it was tradition in our house growing up. he did these amazing scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon and onion. my younger sis can make them exactly the way he did, god love her. after he retired, dad rocked some really good baked bread, too. he used a baking machine but it was still awesome, especially his cinnamon raisin. mom did homemade ice cream when we were kids, still remember her cranking that handle and the wait was excruciating. she's into soups now and makes a really good southwest chicken soup. my parents both experimented when we were growing up; asian (they were wok freaks in the late '70s), mexican (i fix dad's chicken enchilada casserole for my former clients and they loved it), italian...all in all, we ate pretty healthy and diverse and didnt have a lot of junk around.
My cooking triumphs
well, my sweet potato pancakes have been popular this year. and i've got a recipe for a pistachio pesto pasta that has garnered me some groupies :)
My cooking tragedies
attempting to make tapioca in the 6th grade...the tragedy was my poor brother's face as he tried to be kind and eat it while i'm hissing "you dont have to eat it if you dont like it"