I'm a thirtysomething recovering vegan who, although she has gone back to turkey on Thanksgiving, still loves tofu and couscous. I do sales and marketing for a federal contractor and sell handmade Rosaries on the side.
My favorite things to cook
Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods are my favorite things to eat, and I'm learning to make them at home. I have also loved making candy since Home Ec in high school, divinity is one of my very favorite things, and I actually like fruitcake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year, my family and I make breakfast for someone who has to work on Christmas morning. It's usually a casserole or a quiche. I love seeing people's faces when they find out someone has remembered them on the holiday.
My cooking triumphs
I made my very first Christmas dinner when I was 18 years old. It ended up taking much longer than expected, but the turkey was the most perfect thing anyone had ever seen and my family loved the homemade eggnog.
My cooking tragedies
I won a PETA essay contest one year and they sent me a Tofurkey as a prize. I cooked it for Thanksgiving and served it to my family, who was not vegetarian. I enjoyed it, and everyone else said at the time that it was great, but for years they talked behind my back about how bad it was.