Since I'm not married or have kids, I cook for friends. I am always inviting people over for meals and love being able to share delicious food with them.
My favorite things to cook
Comfort food. I love making food that makes people feel welcome and reminds them of home.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents are huge foodies and have made some amazing meals over the years. We will all gather at their house once a month or so and gorge ourselves on 5-course meals.
My cooking triumphs
Being comfortable enough with food to be able to invent recipes. I rarely follow a recipe exactly and often make up food on the spot.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 11, my mom had made cupcakes and was waiting for them to cool before putting on frosting. When she went to the store, I thought I would be helpful and whip up the frosting for her. I found a recipe but didn't know what confectioner's sugar was, so I used regular. Even though it didn't have the right texture, I still put it on the cupcakes... or rather poured it on. Thank heavens my mom has a sense of humor and just laughed when she saw blue goo running down her cupcakes.