I've always loved to cook, and have usually had my family's kitchen at my disposal. As I transition to the "real world," however, I don't have every kind of pot, pan, or ingredient around. My dinner plans change daily, so I can't count on using zucchini before it withers and dies. The upside of my situation is that I've become a more creative chef, learning to make the most out of whatever's around the apartment. My lesson: cheap and simple can be very tasty!
My favorite things to cook
Creme brulee, brownies, new twists on pastas and salads
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma is my culinary role model. She produced a great picnic spread every Memorial Day, and the key to her success was that she didn't give a damn that hot dogs and eggplant parmigiano aren't usually served side-by-side. She simply cooked what she loved.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering the basic recipe for creme brulee in The New Joy of Cooking.
My cooking tragedies
Sauces simply do not thicken under my command.