I live in Kingston, Ontario Canada with my partner Cory, our cat Chester and dog, Sweets. While studying towards my bachelor's and master's degrees, cooking and baking grew to be some of my favourite passtimes, and now I love to try new recipes, perfect the old, browse through cookbooks, bake delicious things and decorate EVERYTHING!
My favorite things to cook
My favourite foods to cook and bake reflect my own tastes: I enjoy baking both easy and complex deserts, decorating things according to season, holiday or a new skill I'm eager to try out. I also love carb-rich foods like sweet potatoes, yeast and quick breads, plus salads and other vegetable dishes. My all-time favourite foods are fruit, and I eat a bunch everyday!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is a regular Martha and is a queen of domestic trades. In my own way, I'm following in her footsteps of wanting to host and entertain people during the holidays with big delicious meals, plus do lots of baking for food gifts. Like my mom, I love to volunteer dishes for any function and look forward to potlucks to show off my skills!
My cooking triumphs
Happily, lots so far. For my birthday two years ago, I hosted a big buffet meal for friends. Last Christmas I attempted to temper chocolate and made over 100 filled chocolates for food gifts. This past summer, I won some ribbons for baking at our local fair. This past Thanksgiving, I hosted my first holiday meal for my in-laws with deboned turkey and all the fixings and tons of deserts. I've also become well-known in my family for certain dishes like chocolate truffles, while my "peanut butter balls" satisfy my picky nephews. While taking a just-for-fun course at the local culinary institute, I am expanding my tastes and skill base into meats, soups, fish and lots more. In a few weeks, I'm hosting my first cookie exchange party, it should be a blast, and another time to feed my friends delicious food!
My cooking tragedies
Sadly, since I don't eat much meat, it's hard for me to show an interest in new types of meat and new cooking methods. I am trying to develop my instincts for cooking meat for my partner, though. And also, I have chronic troubles with over- or underbaking cookies, I seem to have a hard time gauging their done-ness. Yet still I persist. Sigh.