I've always helped my mom in the kitchen and cooked for the family growing up, but it's been quite a few years since I've been serious about cooking. However, I've gotten the bug again in recent months and I'm discovering wonderful new recipes and techniques outside of my mom's kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE making seafood dishes, they're my favorite. I've always been a baker too. I love the chemistry of the recipes. I really like making miniatures or individual portions over large cakes, and I'll be honest, I'm not a big fan of pie...
My favorite family cooking traditions
I most fondly remember making Christmas cookies with my mom! She would take a week off of work and just go nuts. Out of everything she made I liked the simplest of sugar cookies because my brother and I would get to frost and decorate them afterwards.
My cooking triumphs
Made Christmas cookies for the office a couple of years ago and my boss called me a regular Martha Stewart. That made me happy because they had no idea I could bake :D
My cooking tragedies
Thanksgiving dinner for my brother, dad and his wife a few years back. Microwave broke, turkey needed another 3 hours, didn't have a meat thermometer so my brother ventured out to find one and finally returned and hour and a half later because all the stores were closed! Everything actually came out really good after all though.