I'm a youngster who works in the fantastic city of Portland as a full-time chef. Although it's my first time cooking in an industrial-sized kitchen, I grew up within a family of seven and have been in the kitchen learning from my mother and experimenting individually for a very long time (in proportion to my age, that is). Other than cooking, I am an avid long-distance runner (you've got to burn off all those calories somehow, right?), artist, and bookie. I also enjoy writing, music, and animals very much.
My favorite things to cook
Baking is my forte, and within baking, working with chocolate is my absolute favorite. Anything from chocolate chip cookies and brownies to chocolate-covered strawberries, I'm your girl. However, cooking brings me almost as much joy with it's challenging flavors and textures. Making sauces seems to be especially fun -- wine sauces, balsamic vinegar, mustard. . . Ah, fragrant and sexy!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family's number one cooking tradition was german french toast on Saturdays. I remember waking up every Saturday to the vanilla-y, cinnamon-y smells wafting upstairs, mixed with a breakfast meat of some sort, all mingled with the smell of fresh coffee. Nothing can get me up like those smells. Similarly, my mother is an excellent soup-maker. She can make soups out of anything, and they always have the perfect combination of spices (Sometimes even biting your tongue a bit) that, even today, I can never accomplish!
My cooking triumphs
There are three recipes that I have down to a fine art- chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and banana bread. Also, if you ever want to make mashed potatoes or pie, I've got some solid secrets up my sleeve.
My cooking tragedies
No tragedies have been too memorable, other than the one time I forgot to mix the egg into pumpkin pie filling for Thanksgiving. You can imagine how disappointing that was.