My passions are my boyfriend, my pets, my friends, bowling, and cooking. I'm looking for a job now, so I'm lucky to have some spare time to make home made chicken stock and all the other stuff for which we usually do not have time.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken fajitas--they always get rave reviews. I should post my recipe, but it changes every time, so I don't know what to type up!
Breaded pork chops--crispy on the outside and NOT overcooked, which is the greatest sin that occurs against pork.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't grow up with the most sophisticated foods, but sometimes mom's casseroles and stuff like chipped beef hits the spot. I grew up on a dairy farm, and I tried to avoid eating my favorite cows. (One was named Comet, and we used to ride her!) As an adult, I know I must have consumed some of them. Getting out of eating two hamburger dinners doesn't cover a side of beef! We also ate quite a bit of venison, and raised a couple of turkeys. It's hard to love the things you love to eat!
My cooking triumphs
I made Chicken Kiev once, and it turned out great! I was damn proud of myself. The chicken was juicy and the butter sauce inside was great. I've also made a few Chicken curries I'm proud of. My boyfriend always loves these b/c they are spicy, as one of my good friends grows his own thai red dragon chilis. I also make excellent baked chicken strips. (I know...chicken chicken chicken, but it's what I'm good at!) Wait--I thought of something else...I make a fine homemade beef jerky. It takes forever with the marinade and keeping the oven door open with the fan on, but the end results are worth it. Besides all that, I've gotten pretty darn good at cooking for two. I feel terrible about wasting food, but I'm pretty capable of making a nice meal for two, and usually just have one serving left that my b/f can take to work the next day.
My cooking tragedies
When my b/f and I went to an Italian buffet and he said THEIR mashed potatoes were the best he ever had, that was tragic. It crushed me then, but he took it back later so I would make him more of mine. Apparently, paying upwards of $15 for a buffet is not worth gettin' your girl to make them for about $2. :) I also haven't been able to find my toaster since I moved 3 years ago, so I usually burn my bread when I try to toast it in the oven under the broiler. Gee...almost like Rachael Ray.