My father was a restaurant chef and my mother is a terror in the kitchen. When my parents divorced, I became the head chef in our household and have been cooking ever since. I love to experiment with recipes and find inspiration in my dozens of cookbooks and the food network channel. I cook for friends, family, parties, and the occasional wedding, though not professionally. I truly love cooking and could spend my entire day in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook healthy and healthier alternatives to popular dishes. I make my breads, pastas, pastries, and sauces from scratch to eliminate as many preservatives as I can. I also use all my own herbs from my garden.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I once won a newspaper contest about family food traditions with the story of my first New Years family party as head chef. I cooked a gorgeously browned turkey which my mother skinned while carving in order to cut some fat and cholestrol out of everyone's diet. The family was presented with a "naked" turkey which has become an unusual but favored family tradition ever since.
My cooking triumphs
My husband is the envy of his work place because of his awesome lunches of left overs.
My cooking tragedies
When first starting out, I misread tsp for Tb and ended up with a batch of extremely bitter muffins. I also once forgot something in the oven and had to air out the entire house of smoke.