I'm a little new to recipes. I've always just "guessed", as I let my knowledge of the "science" of food and cooking (as well as my tastebuds) lead me. I rarely follow recipes, and have seldom disappointed myself, and find that disappointments are easily corrected. I believe my success in the kitchen is due to my love for good food, my desire to please myself and others, and the lack of the common belief that food will cook itself. It takes effort and care! I'm seeking out recipes now only to expand my horizons by finding base ideas for some new and different foods to experiment with.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making Rosettes with Mom for the holidays. What could seem a daunting task to others (as we spent all day making them), Mom and I looked forward to it all year. Cooking with Mom is one of my favorite memories.
My cooking tragedies
I'm not yet practiced at the "fine art" of baking. I believe baking is almost completely seperate from other methods of cooking. I've known some phenominal bakers, and am always amazed at their talents. The great bakers I've known are (what I'll call) "seasoned women" who can seemingly work magic with MOSTLY their hands, and simple ingredients. I aspire to that. I have yet to gain such sagely wisdom and magical talent!