My partner and I have been vegetarian for since the fall of 2002, so options for eating out have become a lot more limited (not that there aren't a couple of great places in town that are veggie friendly). Plus, I definitely get a lot of satisfaction from cooking a tasty meal for my friends.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook hearty, full-flavored foods that are still relatively easy to cook and healthy. Thirty minutes of prep and thirty minutes of cooking are about right, though I can wait an hour for a good lasagna to bake!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cookies! Mom always makes a wide variety of Christmas cookies, including sugar cookies hand decorated by the family. She also makes a tasty baked good for breakfast on Christmas morning.
My cooking triumphs
I finally got a KitchenAid stand mixer as a Christmas present to me, and it's great to have that tool available to me. However, being able to whip up cookies in no time is going to spoil my friends. :)
My cooking tragedies
Yeast and I are still on uneasy terms. I no longer have the reputation of being the "yeast murderer", but we still don't have a comfortable relationship.