I am 28 and work for the state of California. My husband of 6 years, our baby girl Elizabeth and our three pugs make up our little family.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - especially anything of Beth's! The orange cookies & "Mrs. Sigg's" snickerdoodles are two of my favorites. However, my waist line doesn't approve of my baking so I try to make the meals I cook for myself and my husband as lean as possible.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was (is) a terrible cook - and the saddest part is it is done intentionally. A standard meal at mom's is pan-fried chicken (seasoned with Pam...yummy yummy!) with a steamed green veggie of some kind and baguette. She is convinced that anything good tasting cannot be healthy.
So I have taken more after my grandmother - who loved to cook and bake. She has been gone for over 10 years and we still talk about grandma's banana bread and chocolate fudge. I am now starting to create new "traditional" family foods with my husband - comfort foods that we like to cook together and love to eat.
My cooking triumphs
I made the Irish Cream Bundt Cake for an "international" potluck at my work and it VANISHED! Everyone kept raving about how good it was. Since then my friends at work frequently ask me to bake certain things - like the peanut butter cup cookies from this website.
My cooking tragedies
A couple of years ago I tried to make a cajun chicken pasta with my husband. I had never cooked with cajun seasoning before, and I am not sure why I didn't bother to look at what exactly is in it, but I poured in WAY too much of it. The recipe called for 2 tbsp and I put in more like 2/3 cup. It was way too salty to eat so we went to Taco Bell for dinner. =)