I am currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines until June 2007. At that time, I will return to the US, marry and beging cooking school, followed by a masters. It is a particular challege to cook healthy, low-cost foods from home here in the Philippines, but I try!
My favorite things to cook
I really love a recipe from this website, angel hair pasta with feta cheese and sundried tomatoes (a no-go in the Philippines!). Chili, lasgana, linguini salad and pumkin bread are some of my favorite recipes from when I was growing up.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Dad likes to cook, so he has passed on a few things: waldorf salad, marinated grilled Mahi-Mahi (perfect with roasted corn in summer!), mojitos for parties. With my Mom, pumpkin bread is a must for holidays (it gets rave reviews all around!), and easy-for-kids to make recipes were how we learned to cook--we all had a night!
My cooking triumphs
I spent a summer learning how to make decorative cakes with all the tips and frosting bags, crumb coating and marzipan. Just learning how to create new things is personally satisfying because I know I have grown to understand the relationships between foods.
My cooking tragedies
When I was younger, I just had a hard time following recipes, which sometimes lead to disaster even when it was something I had made before!