I grew up in a small town in Western New York State. We ate mainly processed, store-bought meals. Although my parents were great cooks, they didn't have much time to prepare healthy, home cooked meals. Now, as I'm trying to be an "adult," I'm attempting to learn how to balance life at work and at home while finding the time and energy to eat healthy. Fast food is just so much easier! :)
My favorite things to cook
I love all things CARB. Bread, pasta, potatoes, you name it. I'm trying to lessen my carb load and eat lighter versions of my favorite dishes. I don't really have a cooking favorite. If it turns out successfully and gets rave reviews from my roommates, it becomes a favorite to cook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father makes spaghetti as our Christmas meal. He is a wonderful cook. He gets out a huge cauldron and makes his own sauce, using at least 4 different kinds of meat in the sauce. And he doesn't start cooking until after our midnight church service on Christmas Eve. My favorite part is waking up in the middle of the night and hearing him singing in the kitchen. And the smell makes my mouth water until the next afternoon!
My cooking triumphs
A chicken lasagna that my roommate declared as the best lasagna she's ever eaten (this was directly after she proclaimed to be a lasagna expert, hence very picky).
My cooking tragedies
I made a salad and an oil based dressing to go with it. The dressing was awful! We ate the salad without any dressing because it was so bad.