I grew up learning from cooking w/ my mom & other family members/friends. Always have loved to try the new & different but still love the simple & classics. Have been into everything from extremely healthy diets to picky eaters, ethnic, classic, creative- you name it! Love to occupy my time in the kitchen & love to create dishes & meals to please and present to others. I, by nature, have this 'creativity' gene in me, so I'm always looking for something new, different or creative & not just tasteful, but aesthetically pleasing all at the same time. =)
My favorite things to cook
Almost ANYTHING! I really do enjoy holiday baking- it's a childhood tradition I was raised on. My main thing now days, is dinner. Dinner & appetizers to please hubby or a crowd while the main course is in the works.
I seem to really LOVE & enjoy whipping up appetizers or simple desserts/goodies over big complex meals. But all in all, experimenting with everything & all types of cuisine is a must for me- I love to try anything new & different. ...Only pratice & tweaking combined with time, love & the effort to care can make a perfect dish!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday sugar cookies... with the homemade forsting to decorate in any way imaginable!
Potlucks & dinner gatherings, where everyone brings a dish or two and there is always a variety of something for everyone.
Having hubby hop in to whip up a dish with me in the kitchen for anything where I am feeling behind on time or a little stressed. (He is also an awesome cook!)
My cooking triumphs
Being able to search or pull a recipe out on a whim with short nortice (or procrastination) not knowing if it will turn out well- serving it at home or bringing it to any gathering, etc... and hearing how delicious it was (and being asked for the recipe is absolutely always a plus)!
My cooking tragedies
Living in a smaller town in Alaska- for sure!! I see so many recipes where the ingredients are not something I can run to a local store for. Unless I feel like driving 45+ minutes & hoping somewhere in a larger city carries what I am looking for- things can be VERY limited or not possible. I have learned a whole new meaning to 'substitute'!
And, of course- as any cooking 'tragedy' goes- having something come out tasting bland, aweful, undercooked or burnt. Or trying a new recipe and not reading the reviews and suggestions for why the original was not completely up to par for all. I believe every good cook has their 'tregedies' and it is something all true cooks should go through and experience. You can only learn from your mistakes. Practice makes perfect! =)