I teach journalism at a local university. I've lived in Saudi Arabia and Mexico and traveled widely. I make jewelry, love animals, and am pretty adventurous. I'm Catholic and am active with my church.
My favorite things to cook
chicken enchiladas verde (recipe from Guanajuato, Mexico), genuine Mexican foods, Cajun food, Italian food, some Indian food, lots of salads and grilling, and am experimenting with "binge cooking" meals in advance to freeze and then bake or cook in a slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother wasn't much of a cook--a few basics she did well. My dad made pickles, canned things, and made wonderful pies. Mom baked and I have her unusual date bar recipe and her soft sugar cookie recipe, both of which get lots of compliments.
My cooking triumphs
My enchiladas verdes, which I learned to make while living in Guanajuato, as well as mole sauce and chiles en nogales are famous with my friends, as well as some innovative things I've done with butternut squash. I'm mastering the art of tossing things together at random. I also once completely wrapped a turkey in a basketweave of bacon. It was delicious.
My cooking tragedies
Living in Saudi Arabia as a young bride I bought a Middle Eastern cookbook published in England. I didn't know they measured dry ingredients by weight, so the triple-layered chocolate gateau with an espresso/chocolate ganache filling was a colossal disaster. I cried, but hubby still ate it and loved the creamy icing and filling. I later learned his mom never baked anything from scratch so even my "failures" were still treats to him.