Missouri native living in LA. I like to be creative when I cook. The weirder it sounds, the more excited I am to try it. And I'm trying to stay heart healthy from now on.
My favorite things to cook
Anything in the crock pot! Party food. I'm having fun these days experimenting with stuffed chicken. Homemade dips and salad dressings. I also love Thai food, so I'm trying to learn more Thai recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother used to chase me out of the kitchen. I learned to cook using this site. Seriously.
My cooking triumphs
I have what some call the "perfect" pot of chili. Amazing pulled pork off the grill, gone in seconds at a party. I can make Mexican food Mexicans go crazy for. I do a vegetarian lasagne that my carnivorous boyfriend loves. The roast pork recipe from this site was a enormous hit with my friends. Successfully mastering an Indian dish made me feel particularly proud.
My cooking tragedies
Spending hours making a black bean soup, only to find the beans didn't cook properly because I'd added tomato and salt too early. The beans were hard and the soup was completely inedible. Make sure your beans are soft before adding anything else!
I can't do baked goods. Baking Soda + Me = Disaster. I don't like sweets too much anyway. Perhaps my lack of passion for desserts is what makes me a bad baker.