I LOOOOOVE being in the kitchen and I enjoy organizing all of the ingredients that I use when I cook. I have lots of little condiment bowls and measuring cups. Being a college student, I don't get to be in a 'real' kitchen as often as I'd like, but when I come home, my family preheats the oven for me.
My favorite things to cook
My macaroni and cheese. I make a combination American/cheddar cheese sauce with milk, butter, freshly cracked pepper, salt, and sometimes a little garlic and onions. Sometimes I dab a little bit of tabasco sauce for some extra kick. I also love to make creme brulee, I just love the vanilly custardy goodness of it! Sometimes I throw in chocolate chips and rum, or top it with fresh fruit. I like to marinate meat.. it does wonders for the average ordinary cut of meat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In my family, we REALLY love strawberries. So over the generations, we have passed on all these terrific strawberry recipies, my favorite being strawberry shortcake (simple, but delicious!).
My cooking triumphs
Beer-butt Chicken. My first, and probably strangest attempt at grilling, but it yielded the most tender, delicious, and subtly flavored chicken I have ever eaten. It was a bit difficult to balance the chicken on the beer can over the grill, but now I've seen special stands sold for this at Wal-mart.
My cooking tragedies
Orange Tie Bow-knots. It was so sad, I spent hours kneading the yeasty dough and letting it rise and then the whole ordeal of rolling out the dough and shaping it into bowknots. Their brief but beautiful, citrusy fragrant lives met their end in a crispy and persnickety oven that due to a fluke, was at 500 degrees instead of 350.