I grew up in a house with a lot of homemade food due to financial restraints. So I learned early on to make a lot of stuff from scratch. When I got into college I tried a semester of cooking school but alas, it was not to be and only recently I discovered that baking is more my thing over actually cooking and I love to make sweets. But I control myself as I am usually the only one in my house who likes anything but chocolate. So I bake and make sweets to take to friends houses and it works out for me. I completely trust recipes on this wonderful website and it has repaid me with a happy and well fed hubby. Thank you AllRecipes.
My favorite things to cook
I mostly love to bake for everyone. There is almost nothing better to me than whipping up some brownies from scratch and serving them with some blue bell vanilla ice cream and seeing the look of sublime pleasure on people's faces when they taste it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother would stay up until 1-2 am cooking on thanksgiving eve when she was hosting and after I got a little older she allowed me to stay up with her and we would listen to carols as we cooks and had a special cooking/bonding time.
My cooking triumphs
I don't know about triumphs, but once in a while I come up with something that people remember for the longest time asking me when I will make it again. which is hard when you don't use a recipe.
My cooking tragedies
for a long time I couldn't make rice to save my life. haha, EVERY TIME it would burn, be undercooked and set off an alarm or two. EVEN when I would add extra water to the pot.
A month or so ago I got over my fear of rice and made it with careful measuring of 1 part rice to 3 parts water and 2T butter with 1/2t salt and it came out so divine..... =D