Though I've been cooking for my family for more than 10 years now, I've been a professional certified pastry chef since 2004.
My favorite things to cook
I am opening a coffee shop and I'm always on the lookout for interesting, unique recipes for pastries and snack foods that would be appropriate for the business. At home, conveniece is key. There's never enough time for complicated recipes, and I'm not as organized at home as I am at work, so planning ahead is usually a failed experiment. I have 3 people to feed, each with their own brand of pickiness, so it's virtually impossible to find something they'll ALL love.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm teaching my kids to cook. They're 6 and 9, and each week, they choose one meal they want to help prepare. The rule is that the meal has to include a vegetable. I've found they're a lot more accepting of 'borderline' foods if they were the ones that helped prepare it.
My cooking triumphs
My first 3 teir wedding cake. Croissants made from scratch. Perfectly tempered chocolate!
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count. Culinary school offers many opportunties to screw up! Sometimes it's the best way to learn a lesson.