I am a former collegiate boxer. I am a marathon runner and I detest the color pink. Not every woman who enjoys cooking goes to needlework and reading books between meals. Certainly, not I.
I began cooking (probably should call it experimenting) when I was about seven. Didn't particularly care for my parent's bland cooking, but I admired their ability to come up with dinners every night. After all, there were nine of us.
I took to cooking after I left for college, and actually began to crave those dishes I disliked. I still think I cook better than them at this point, and they'd probably agree with me. Now, every time I create a new recipe, I save it. And hide it!
My favorite things to cook
Extravagant, tasteful dishes; fresh, all-natural ingredients.
My boyfriend is vegetarian. I eat meat occasionally, but the cuisine at home is entirely meatless.
I love traditional recipes, but I do not enjoy living in my kitchen, so I prefer menus that are simple yet do not compromise tantalizing the palate.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I never follow a recipe exactly, unless it is my very own.
Almost once every month I try something new or rummage through my Evernote calendar to bring back an old favorite.
For the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, I usually bake Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Potage, Green Bean Casserole. Spicy Ginger Snaps and Eggnog have recently been added this year!
I always make Angel Food cake for my boyfriend's birthday.
I live in Canada now, but on July 4 I usually baked a German Chocolate cake decked out like an American flag for the celebration.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made souffle, it came out perfectly.
I can pop popcorn on the stove top without burning a single kernel.
I am now at the point where I no longer need to use measuring spoons.
Taste testing is less frequent now.
My cooking tragedies
I think my current problem is my smoke alarm. I manage to set it off more often than my own wake-up alarm, especially when baking pies. I realize I that I can prevent this by catching the drippings with an old cookie sheet, but mine are top-notch and still in good condition, so until then...