Being from the border of Mexico, I began learning to cook from my family, who always made traditional Mexican dishes. Although I love Mexican food (obviously), it's a little on the heavy side and can be very fatening. I'm always interested in taking traditional Mexican dishes and making them a little "healthier," yet delicious!
My favorite things to cook
Caldo de Res (Mexican beef soup), Caldo de pollo (Mexican chicken soup), enchiladas, chicken tortilla soup, meatloaf, sushi, salmon, pot roasts, spaghetti, or any new recipe that sounds like it might have an interesting taste full of flavor!
My favorite family cooking traditions
On special ocassions I like to make a fancy meal one would probably spend a fortune on at in an upscale restaurant. I'll usually start off with calamari with marinara, three cheese fondue, and sauteed mussels as appetizers. As my main dish I'll usually stick with steamed lobster tails or dungeness crab. Sides usually include asparagus, rosemary potatos, or broccoli with cheese. For dessert, I keep it simple and light...usually fruit with plain light yogurt.
My cooking triumphs
I make a delicious Turkey Thyme-Lemon Soup, which I throw together with Thanksgiving Turkey leftovers. I'm also pretty proud of my Caldo de Res and Caldo de Pollo.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried cooking for a date, I tried making something I'd never made before that sounded like a romantic dish. It ended up being a mushy mess. The recipe was an angel hair balsamic pasta with roma tomatos. Sounds good? In theory I guess, but it ended up just being mushy and bitter. I had a main course of lamb as a back up, but to my disappointment, the lamb ended up tasting like cardboard on account of it being in the freezer too long. Lesson learned: Buy fresh and don't make a first-time recipe on a first-time date!