i'm a grad student/child therapist in a clinical psychology ph.d. program, and sporadically dream about dropping out and working as a baker.
My favorite things to cook
my cooking abilities are not yet fully explored- i'm a baker at heart. i love to make cakes, pies, cookies, and bread if i have the whole day free. my absolute favorite thing to make is a cake for a birthday or special event, especially the decorating/presentation.
My favorite family cooking traditions
my mom is an amazing cook (Puerto Rican food), but hates to bake...so we balance each other out nicely.
My cooking triumphs
a chocolate layer cake that, on a whim, became a big york peppermint patty. the layer filling was mint chocolate icing with crushed andes candies; it turned out quite nice. people were licking the candles - the sign of success.
My cooking tragedies
my first layer cake, age 14. tasted good, but looked like a piece of tilty abstract modern art. ended up getting served in large chunks on the plates. argh.