I am an actor/director & I run my own acting studio. I have students from ages 6-60!I mad my career mainly in musical theatre and through the years, have cooked both on the road when touring and at home for my family where I actually have my own kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that inlvolves some artistry. I love things that not only taste good (the most important thing, obviously) but that also look appealing. I am huge on presentation & that's why I love party foods and arrangements. I catered quite a bit when I was living in NYC, where I picked up a lot from the chefs I worked with.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was famous for her slow cooked food, before it became a fad with the crock pot advent. She had a large family to feed and knew how to make roasts, veggies and all manner of family style dishes so very yummy. I try to emmulate her when cooking for my family. She was wicked with a pressure cooker after church!!
My cooking triumphs
Stir fry pasta dishes, which sounds weird but I learned this technique from catering. I have had great luck with fish and shellfish dishes, using a lot of different spices not usually associated with seafood, and some Indian and Asian dishes that I have attempted have been big hits. The more exotic, the better. I am also pretty pleased about being able to look at a nearly empty cupboard or fridge and being able to come up with a good meal; something my mother was a champ at.
My cooking tragedies
Practically anything I have been asked to bake for a special occasion. I am a dismal failure at anything but baking basics. I have forced myself lately to "just do it" and very recently attempted, from scratch, an Amish Friendship Bread (which tasted a lot like a cinnamon roll). It was successful. Eureka!!! I can't beleive I actually baked something with yeast from the very start. Maybe quick breads won't be the only thing I can manage if I keep this up.