I'm a 24 year old Journal Assistant for a scholarly society in Washington DC. I graduated in 2006, so I've only had about 2 years of experience cooking on my own. My mom is a great cook of comfort foods, but I'd like to branch out into more balanced and less plebeian dinner options. However, I'll still drive back to Pgh for her spaghetti sauce.
My favorite things to cook
I like making soups, pastas, and baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My maternal great-grandparents immigrated from Italy, so my mom makes a killer meat sauce. My father's side is mostly Slovak, so while I don't really like stuffed cabbage (sacrilege!), I enjoy cooking paska bread and sirok (egg cheese) during Easter with my mom.
My cooking triumphs
I made a tortellini soup off of this site, and it was really probably the tastiest thing I ever made. I even got to use my new Le Creuset dutch oven. My fiancee, on the other hand, makes a ton of tasty and decadent meals, like risotto and crab cakes.
My cooking tragedies
Usually the things I try to make up on my own. After watching "Ratatoullie," I thought I could just think of ingredients, add them, and food would be good, but no, they're not.
Also, when I tried to make chocolate mousse for my fiancee for Valentine's Day, and my heated simple syrup hardened around my hand mixer's beaters--that was not fun.