I moved to France in Sept. 2002 right after graduating from college (Carson Newaman College). I came for a year which turned into two and I'm still here!! I live in Western France north of Bordeaux, right on the ocean. I love this website because I can find any recipe with advice from others who have made it. Whenever I'm homesick I love to cook some comfort food from home and it takes me right back to the states! My french friends here have tried many american dishes too, I'm personally trying to dispell the myth that all we eat is hamburgers in America!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook things that I can't get here in France! Everytime I go home I bring back a few bags of brown sugar and chocolate chips along with b.p and b.s. I like to follow the french tradition of cooking with fresh ingredients, nothing pre-packaged, fresh vegetables from the market, meat from the butcher etc. I love desserts too, pies, cookies, puddings. I have to be careful with the ingredients though, there are certain things I can't get here like shortening, brown sugar, cool whip, etc. I cook from scratch because I don't have a choice!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom used to make tapioca pudding in the evenings sometimes when I was little, now I do that too.
My cooking triumphs
I make the meanest thai curry with coconut milk, I make it a few times a month, everyone loves it. I've introduced some french people to American lasagna, it's different than italian lasagna. I had an italian roomate last year who taught me to make real tiramisu, yum!
My cooking tragedies
I still can't make good mashed potatoes, sometimes I luck out though it's just sheer luck. I've got lots of things that turned out gross, you've got better things to do then read about them!