I teach students with autism at the high school level. One of the best parts about my job is having the opportunity to cook with my students - I get to see such a sense of accomplishment when they make a great meal. I love cooking and sharing my cooking with others - I just wish I had more time to do it!
My favorite things to cook
My favourite things to cook are pasta dishes, homemade pizzas and vegetables. I love baking more than anything and when I have time, I love to make bread from scratch.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of my favourite family cooking traditions has provided me with a skill that I am very proud to have: the ability to make paper thin crepes. In Hungarian crepes are called 'polachintas' and I learned to make them at a very young age. I also love cooking other Hungarian dishes like 'letcho/letso' (green pepper peasant stew), cabbage rolls and soups with homemade dumplings.
My cooking triumphs
One of my biggest cooking triumphs was single-handedly preparing a full Thanksgiving Dinner (including appetizers, a vegetarian dish and dessert) for 46 people in my second year of university. It involved the use of two kitchens to roast two huge turkeys and many, many potatoes and vegetables. It turned out great and I will never forget it.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to bake spaghetti squash in the oven instead of microwaving it I forgot about them. Needless to say, blackened spaghetti squash is not very appetizing and ended up setting off the fire alarm.