I'm a student living in Oklahoma, but I'm from the DFW area. Cooking is one of my favorite pastimes and I'm kind of a food snob.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook custards- mostly creme brulée and flan. I also like making wine based sauces for chicken- like chicken marsala. I do a lot of international cuisine- mostly Indian, Thai, French, and Italian.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving dinner- we eat the traditional sort of food but the more important thing is having the whole family together.
My cooking triumphs
I made a chocolate soufflé with a chocolate custard sauce for a boy and I was terrified about making the soufflé because of all the difficulties people have with them falling and such. It turned out great- the guy loved it and it didn't fall!
My cooking tragedies
Recently making a Thai dipping sauce for chicken skewers ended up as a disaster - I thought a chili lime sauce would be appealing, so I used some bird's eye pepper (I'm not familiar with peppers, really) mixed with some fish sauce (I had never used it before) and other seasonings. I boiled them all in a pot - it reminded me of when I was a kid and had a plastic purse which I filled it with rolly-pollies and left it outside on a hot day. Nasty smell. The stench filled my house. I didn't even bother tasting it.