Tho I've been playing in the kitchen since I was 7, it wasn't until about 5 or 6 years ago that discovered cooking to be my favorite form of artistic expression. I was a theatre major in school 'back in the day.' I've found that my kitchen with its resulting applause to be the best stage there is!
My favorite things to cook
Anything I haven't cooked before. I love a challenge. I am currently on a quest to try "healthy" foods that don't sound appealing and integrate them into my family's menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We all revere the recipes of my grandmother. She passed before I could remember eating any of her food, but the recipes we all have (mom, aunts, cousins, sisters) are all amazing. I also enjoy introducing "Southern Style" to the Illinois tastebuds of my friends!
My cooking triumphs
Anytime my mother in law asks for advice or a recipe!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made brownies, I scrambled the eggs in the just-melted chocolate and sugar mixture. My sister thought I'd used nuts.