I enjoy cooking. Baking is my passion, much to the chagrin of my husband and son who rarely eat sweets. My daughter and I are big sweet eaters though.
My favorite things to cook
Pies - I love entering pie baking contests, anything ethnic! Growing up in rural PA, I craved culture, particularly through food. Lately I've got my son on a gluten-free casein-free diet and am enjoying the challenge of adapting recipes to suit his needs.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We were very traditional American. My grandma could make chocolate chip cookies to perfection without a measuring cup or recipe in front of her. She always had them on hand and served them with a diet soda! (go figure.) Still can't eat one without a diet soda and remember her.
My cooking triumphs
Baklava with my mom in 10th grade! It was delicious. And an amazing lemon meringue cake I made for my mother-in-law's birthday.
My cooking tragedies
Not so much a tragedy as simply my nemesis; bread. I don't have a breadmaker nor a stand mixer. Perhaps they would help but I have never made a yeast-based bread product that turned out!