I love, love, love to bake and cook! It's just great when my family and friends rave over what I've made for them. Cooking for me is relaxing and fun.
My favorite things to cook
Baking -there's nothing better than the smell of baking bread or cookies or cake or, well you get the idea! Also Mexican food, desserts, fresh salsa.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family cooking traditions are definitely about comfort foods: breads, desserts, casseroles. Also, we love a LOT of flavor - salt, spices, sauces, heat in our salsas and Mexican food.
My cooking triumphs
A cake that looks just like a plate of spaghetti + meatballs! I brought it into work for a birthday party once, and people still talked about it years later. I am also getting better and better at improvising for missing ingredients and pumping up the flavor of dishes beyond what the recipe calls for.
My cooking tragedies
The night I tried to toast shredded coconut in the oven (Martha Stewart said it was easy!) Within 3 minutes it had all charred and our whole apartment was filled with thick black smoke. My husband and I still laugh about that one.