I wanted to cook since I was a very little girl, mostly because my mother is such a great cook. Being a scientist, cooking remains appealing to me. It really is about chemistry!
My favorite things to cook
Chilis, soups, fresh vegetables, cakes, and candies. Since I love sushi, I plan to experiment with that soon.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family requests cakes (decorated, of course) from me for birthdays and other celebrations. Holidays are full of fudges, spiced nuts, and other traditional candies. A new favorite I started making around the holidays are pfeferneusse, the little spicy German cookies. (Did I spell that right?)
My cooking triumphs
I won a very close third place in a recent chili cook-off, actually using a recipe from this site: Habenero Hellfire Chili.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 13, I wanted to cook a four-course dinner for my family. They complimented me on my fudge, which was actually supposed to be chocolate mousse :)