I am single and I live alone in Chicago, IL. I like entertaining, because I get a chance to show off my cooking skills. They're nothing special. I just like good old american food with an accent on southern cuisine. I bake a lot and at the moment I am experimenting with bar cookies. I have some of the best cookware and I entertain so that I can use it. Mostly my family and I cook on holidays. I also travel and I just took a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Miami in November '12. It was absolutely amazing! I look forward to the cruises my mother and I take each year. Cruising is what I like to do most.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy southern food like collard greens, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, etc. I really enjoy baking and I recently treated myself to another food processor. I'm trying all the bar cookies at the moment, because they're good for any occasion. My lasagna is a family favorite,as well as my whipping cream pound cake. I am going to make lemom bars, soon. Also, I recently tried rice pudding at Whole Foods Market and it's amazing! The cook gave me the recipe and I will share it with the site, soon, after I try it at home.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family used to get together once a month on the last Sunday and we'd do pot luck (everyone would bring a dish). When I was a child we'd have holiday dinners with our cousins and I really loved it. We're all grown now so it's just immediate family, because the family is too big to gather at one family members home. Thanksgiving is always special and Sunday dinners are, too.
My cooking triumphs
I think that Thanksgiving dinner has to be one, but I remember when I made my first stuffed cabbage recipe. Now, that was a challenge and it was delicious. I got the recipe out of our Tribune newspaper and I was much younger then. I had a time getting the cabbage leaves off the head of cabbage.
My cooking tragedies
I remember once when I was making cheese cakes I made one and the spring form pan was bent, but I was unaware. The cake ran out into the oven. All my cheese and eggs. It was awful! I had a mess to clean up.