I am married and live with my wonderful husband and our 2 cats and my long hair Chihuahua. I work as a chef at a retreat center in Illinois. I hate rice and mushrooms and have an irrational fear of sinkholes.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake cookies. I love to start with a basic cookie recipe and then start adding different things. I'm always on the lookout at the store for something new I can add to a cookie.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and I bake Christmas cookies together every year. Some of the recipes we have had in our family for 5 generations. In December of 2007 I sent some of the cookies with my husband to his work. One of the guys he works with is from eastern Europe. He said he hadn't had some of those cookies since he was a kid and his grandmother made them at Christmas. He raved about them and thanked my mom and I for reminding him of his childhood.