I love to eat! To me, life is about eating. It's about sharing good food with good friends, enjoying what I eat, learning new and delicious ways to make something... it's a process that is always evolving for me. Most importantly, it's about enjoying how many thousands of ways there are to modify dated, unhealthy recipes laden with animal products, and coming up with a dish that not only did not require that an animal suffer and die, but that is more healthy for me and my family, and more delicious to boot. Win-win. What's not to love about that? :)
My favorite things to cook
My favorite dishes are still the old-fashioned comfort foods I was raised on. I've found ways to veganize all the best dishes from my childhood... macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes, sloppy joes (people are ADDICTED to my sloppy joes!), slow-cooked sausage and hamburger spaghetti sauce, macaroni salad, chicken-n-dumplings, waffles, lime/garlic/jalepeno portobello fajitas, tater-tot casserole, chili to die for, stuffed peppers and cabbage, lasagna... the list is endless, and I'm learning new ones every day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I would say our Thankful for Turkeys Thanksgiving: a wonderful annual family event where we celebrate what Thanksgiving means to us and how thankful we are for the freedoms we have by honoring all life. I serve an absolute ton of food, always have requests for recipes, and nobody leaves hungry.
My cooking triumphs
Finding ways to make such perfectly similar vegan versions of the old animal-product dishes people used to have to eat that I am questioned if there's REALLY meat or eggs or dairy in them. I love getting asked that. :)
My cooking tragedies
Nothing extreme or funny enough to list here. Usually they are along the lines of me spending too much time laughing and socializing with family as I try to cook that something burns. I can't say I haven't thrown out a ton of food for that reason alone. I really need to learn to stay forcused in the kitchen!