I have always been a career/business woman and while I loved and was famous for my great parties (especially my yearly Christmas party), I always had my larger parties catered. Then, something happened to me a few months ago and I am crazy and obsessed by cooking! I never learned, was never taught how important it was to have a well stocked kitchen with all the tools and gadgets. I am the last person my friends and family ever thought would get into cooking. I tell everyone "cooking chose me..." I remember my Aunt became a great artist around 50. I didn't even know she could paint! (and she said she didn't even know it either) and now she is an award winning artist. I think...this is my "art". I am inspired to become an expert cook, a fabulous cook. I want to be known for my cooking abilities. Go figure! When I cook: The world melts away and I can relax in my complete focus on what I am doing. To me cooking is science and art..combined. I just love it!
My favorite things to cook
Everything: I plan on trying everything. However, I do love "cooking from scratch" and love making challenging and gourmet meals. I've always loved variety and different flavors from all over the world and plan on trying everything.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't have any yet, but my Granny did and I will incorporate those into my holiday meals because to me, she represented Love and Home. These foods are trifle, banana nut bread, oyster stuffing, and black cherry with almond jello.
My cooking triumphs
I have had amazing "beginners luck" with Beef Tenderloin, Pork Tenderloin, Chicken Pot Pie, Peach Cobbler, Sauteed Short Ribs with cheesy Polenta and the best ever chocolate brownies.
My cooking tragedies
I've made a few disappointing recipes, (no tragedies yet0 that I would not make again: Especially a Vietnamese Eggplant curry that was almost inedible, a Chicken lasagna that was pretty bland and flavorless. I also tried some recipes that were easy, but that I didn't really enjoy such as a version of dump cake from this site. There are so many recipes and meals I can't wait to try!!! I am in love with cooking and can't wait to make my next meal or recipe!