I'm 27, recently engaged.. been living with my now fiance for 2 years and have had trouble mustering something up for dinner. So allrecipes was the place for me to look up recipes and new ideas. This was THE place I went to during thanksgiving.. where I learned what brining was and how to cook a turkey properly. I give them props for that. =)
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. I used to bake a lot with my sister and cousin as a kid (we actually did scratch: truffles, maple twists, apple pies, etc.) but gradually stopped as I grew older. I went on a cooking haitus during my high school and college years (lived at home) and am now back into it since I'm having to cook for myself and fiance.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our asian version of a family barbeque: Instead of bbq sauce, we mixed squid sauce with sugar and black pepper (taste sauce first - should be slightly sweet not salty) and marinated drumsticks and chicken breasts with that. Surprisingly tastes good. Yum.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving turkey was my biggest triumph. I was hosting for my family and panicked. Didn't know how to cook a turkey. After doing some research on allrecipes, I figured out what to do (brine turkey, stuff with sage, thyme, rosemary for the scented flavor - yum).
My cooking tragedies
Broccoli cheese soup. I failed to cut and melt the cheese thoroughly that it melted and stuck (like leeches) to the broccoli.. When my then bf and his parents tasted it, they asked if I put MEAT in it. Apparently cheese gunks stuck to broccoli gave it a meat like consistency. =__=
My other tragedy was adding black pepper to my steak. Accidentally opened the wrong end and POURED the black pepper all over my steak. Needless to say I tried to scrape it all off. For some reason then, I had no idea I could have just rinsed it off. O_o