Married to my best friend, and mom to the coolest, funniest little guy around. Love to fish, kayak, camp, hike, read, watch movies, host gatherings and COOK.
My favorite things to cook
I love making food that's packed with flavor and made from fresh ingredients (no pre-packaged "junk"). I like recipes from Korea, India, Thailand, Italy, Greece, Mexico and Cuba. One of my favorite meals is a deliciously marinated and grilled protein (salmon, steak or chicken) with a huge salad on the side. Savory, fresh, and healthy. Paired with a good wine, and it's perfection.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family gathering all revolve around food for us. You'll find platters and bowls filling table upon table at one of our get-togethers. My favorite since childhood has been the Thanksgiving Weekend. After a huge meal, where everything is made from scratch, we spend the weekend baking dozens of cookies of all kinds. Everyone goes home Sunday night with huge boxes of cookies for their family and friends.
My cooking triumphs
I consider any meal where the serving dishes are empty and smiles are on everyone's face to be a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
"Hamburger Surprise", they called it. After having burgers at a relative's house where "stuffed burgers" were served - some had diced potato, onion and cheese, others with mushrooms, or cheeses of different varieties - I wanted to try it on my own. Total fail. I didn't realize the potatoes and onions and mushrooms were pre-cooked and ended up serving the worst burgers ever. I've never lived down "Hamburger Surprise".