I decided to become a vegetarian on Thanksgiving when I was 6. My parents, thinking it a phase, told me they would not cook two meals and i would have to figure it out. That is when I began cooking and creating in the kitchen.
I am an elementary school teacher and I love introducing kids to new foods, cuisines, and integrating cooking into the curriculum. At home, I usually do all the dinners and pre-make lunches in a crockpot on Sundays. I love learning new recipes, and my boyfriend and I try to cook with something new once a week.
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy creating vegetarian dinner menus, and I am the go-to cupcake baker in my immediate family and close group of friends (birthdays and weddings, yay!). I have started getting into canning and breads of all kinds.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family traditions include christmas sugar cookie parties (3 days to prep, all the kids in the neighborhood, and pounds of flour, butter, and sugar!), Thanksgiving potlucks, and the fact that when my family is together to make a meal, EVERYONE pitches in. The chaos is the greatest way to spend time together and gossip!
My cooking triumphs
I would say I am pretty darn good at cupcakes, cookies, and veggie loaf-inspired meals. I try to create all my own recipes, and when I use established ones, I tend to put a spin on it. I have also gotten my mango-jalapeno jam down pat, but am looking for a garlic jelly recipe!
My cooking tragedies
I haven't really created anything inedible, but I would say my biggest flops have been a few bread and cake attempts that had weird textures (too heavy, to crumbly, etc.), and, as I am a klutz, I have dropped quite a few creations on the floor/car seats/oven door/sink etc.