I really started getting into cooking when I was in college. I was always trying something new and interesting. My roommates loved when I made dinner for us all! I'm now a food scientist and I get to incorporate my love of cooking into my career. I work with eggs on a daily basis and I get to use all the science I learn in my career in my everyday cooking and baking.
My favorite things to cook
Good old fashioned comfort food will always be my favorite, but I also like to try new recipes and ideas. My specialties are cakes and cheesecakes. All my friends get a special cake of their choosing on their birthday.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Spending all day before a holiday cooking and baking for the massive family holiday gathering.
My cooking triumphs
I wanted a really rich, decadent chocolate and caramel cake for my father-in law's birthday but I couldn't find a recipe that had everything I wanted. I improvised with a few other recipes and came up with the best cake ever! I call it the 3 C's cake (chocolate, caramel, coconut) any everyone that tries it loves it. Guilty pleasures don't get any better than this cake! (I'll have the recipe on here soon.)
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried making fudge I didn't realize how important it was to bring it to the right temperature. I was making a pumpkin fudge and I was sick of waiting for it to get hot enough so I just put it in the pan and waited for it to firm up. It was during the winter so I put the pan outside to cool. When I came back a few hours later it was still not firm, so I left it overnight. Well, the next morning I still had pumpkin fudge soup. I definitely learned my lesson there.