I'm a 23-year-old professional with a 9 to 5 job who doesn't mind coming home and cooking a nice meal for my boyfriend and two roommates. Even at the end of a long, stressful day, I still love to cook. It seems to break the tension of my busy schedule and high-stress work atmosphere and makes me happy to know that even if I'm not very productive at work, I can be productive in my kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I don't really have a favorite genre when it comes to food, just good, healthy, fill-you-up food. I'm a simplistic girl who can appreciate a decadent, mulit-course meal but also believes that sometimes less is more and overdoing multi-level tastes can take away from the main design of the meal.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family rarely ate out when I was growing up. Every day, whether it was Mom or Dad's turn to cook, we all sat down at 5:30, ate our meal and discussed the ups and downs of our school/work days. Most of the time, recipes were not used and meals were thrown together from what we had and what tastes went well together. It was a very good bonding experience and I learned a vast majority of my cooking through my parents.
My cooking triumphs
Cooking my first turkey proved to be a new and exciting experience. We had a dinner party for our 20-something friends after we moved into a new house with my boyfriend and two roommates. I used my father's instructions for in-the-bird dressing, my aunt's recipe for broccoli casserole and my own recipe for garlic smashed potatoes. Everyone loved the turkey that was moist and flavorful and couldn't believe how easy and delish the broccoli casserole was. With the leftovers of the turkey, I made my father's famous TURKEY ENCHILADAS, the recipe for which you will find on this website.
My cooking tragedies
Smoking is my downfall. As a 1/2 pack to pack-a-day smoker, once everything is prepped and either simmering, stewing, baking, broiling or boiling, I like to step out for some 'air'. Many a time have I burned a grilled cheese, spaghetti sauce or crescent rolls. No major faux pas, but just little inconveniences.