I love to cook and I love to make photographs, so consequently I am working on breaking into the food photography scene. :) Even with a photography degree this is much harder than it sounds, but I get to eat a lot of food along the way. I love being able to capture the beauty of food in the camera.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts, hands down. I don't know what it is about desserts that make them so much fun to make. Maybe the eating part! I think I like them because there is more variety. I would rather learn to make a new and unique dessert that find yet another way to cook chicken.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every December I get together with my sister-in-law and we spend an entire Saturday baking Christmas goodies. Truffles, caramel corn, fudge, Chex mix, and more varieties of cookies than you can count. I also get together monthly with a friend and we try new recipes, usually with a theme such as garlic night or cranberry night or something like that. We don't usually follow recipes to the letter, but somehow things turn out pretty good. It is a great way to spend time together.
My cooking triumphs
I make the best meatloaf. The recipe is from my grandmother who is from Germany, and with a few tweaks, it is far and away the worlds best meatloaf. And after much trial and error, my pie crusts are finally becoming really good.
My cooking tragedies
Apparently phyllo dough and puff pastry are NOT the same thing. And that is all I'm going to say about that, because that topic has been banned from my kitchen. :) I have officially only had two kitchen fires, but they were both honest mistakes and quite some time ago. I hope to keep it that way.