Cooking and baking are hobbies of mine, but they have been put on the back burner for the next little while because of my busy schedule. I'll still try a quick cookie recipe or main dish when I get the chance.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy recipes that don't require a huge list of ingredients. As far as cooking goes, Chinese food was the norm in my house so I make a lot of vegetable and meat stir-frys, but I also cook stews and soups. I love making my own homemade noodles and dumplings, and crèpes. My baking favourites are scones, double chocolate brownies, snickerdoodles, pound cake, and lemon meringue pie.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Homemade won tons have been a family tradition for years, as are Saturday morning thin, French-style sweet crèpes.
My cooking triumphs
Most of my "firsts" I consider to be triumphs, and all of those "firsts" were the result of careful searching on this site to find high-rated and top-reviewed recipes. I also read reviewers' recommendations to ensure success. These "firsts" include pizza dough from scratch, meringue cookies, lemon meringue pie, sour cream scones (Grandma Johnson's), and eggless chocolate cake (II).
My cooking tragedies
I had heard that making mayonnaise from scratch was difficult, so my first careful attempt at homemade mayonnaise was successful. I botched my second attempt a few weeks later after thinking about how easy the first attempt had been. I added the oil much too quickly and I ended up with a runny, oily, useless mess. It wasn't until months later that I found out I could have restarted with another egg yolk and salvaged that batch.