My cooking style ranges from one extreme to the other. I either like to try to put my own healthy twist on tried and true favorites, cutting down on fat, sugar and/or calories, or else I like to make the richest, most decadent dessert recipes I can find! I'm a housewife and mother of a toddler, so cooking is partly my job, partly for fun, and almost always therapeutic. I'm still learning and have a long way to go, but am enjoying every lesson along the way!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake...my favorite thing! I like putting my own spin on things (adding a little maple extract to sugar cookie icing for fall leaf cookies, making a coconut filling to go in pineapple cupcake, things like that), getting a little creative but not going too overboard. Plus, I think that nearly every dessert is better with nuts, and if a recipe calls for ANY amount of vanilla extract, you can bet that I'll double it almost every time!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dutch traditions are all I know...Oliebolen on New Year's Day and Jan Hagel Cookies; I can't imagine life without these things. Plus, it was an honor to be able to FINALLY be allowed to bake pies for Thanksgiving, as opposed to just bringing rolls...made me feel like I'd "made it". :)
My cooking triumphs
Hands down, the Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake (from this site) and the Maple Walnut Pumpkin Pie (also from this site)...when my Aunts (who are all amazing cooks) ask me for recipes, it feels like such a victory!
My cooking tragedies
Best story ever...my freshman year of high school, I'd volunteered to bring chips and queso for a BBQ, and since my Mom was out of town she left me instructions on making the queso in the crockpot. Having never used one before, I took the crock out, and told my friend she could use that "bowl" to make her salad...then I proceeded to make queso in the crockpot MINUS the actual crock!! Needless to say, it was charred to a crisp and my house reeked of burned cheese for weeks! No wonder it's taken me this long to get back into cooking!!!