I work in publishing, editing books. I discovered cooking in college when I had my first apartment, with loads of help from the internet.
My favorite things to cook
I love making scones, cookies, and breads, Mexican and Indian fare, dips and appetizers, and things that walk the fine line of being both healthy and something my husband will really like.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas feast with my husband and family! We start planning the feast as soon as Thanksgiving is over, from appetizers to side dishes to vegetarian main dish to dessert, and the chopping and preliminary cooking starts two days before the feast itself.
My cooking triumphs
Finally reverse engineering the perfect guacamole recipe from a local restaurant -- it was the first success I ever had without working from a recipe.
Also, vegetarian meatloaf -- a delicious conglomerate of several recipes found on this site.
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make Baked Alaska for my boyfriend's birthday in college...I didn't know what it meant to whip eggwhites until "stiff peaks" formed so I just stopped after my arm got tired and the entire thing was deformed and melted in the oven (lesson #2 -- don't put ice cream in the oven, even if an online recipe tells you to). The poor guy insisted on trying to make me feel better by eating it anyway, raw eggwhites and all. I found out after we got married that he wasn't just trying to make me feel better and he seriously thought it tasted fine that way.