I'm a crazy baker who lives in Virginia with my husband and cat. I'm a serial crafter with a new hobby every month or so, but my day job is a webmaster for a small non profit.
My favorite things to cook
Fudge - I can't get enough. I love to experiment with new flavors, try new methods and see what works. I especially love the reactions from all my "taste testers". :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite tradition is probably apple pie. I'm an eight-generation Vermonter - and my family has strong New England views on how a pie should be made and eaten. Cheddar cheese on top is a must. And a pie without a pie bird is just terrible!
My cooking triumphs
Honestly, the biggest cooking triumph for me is in capturing and continuing longstanding family recipes. We have many Jewish recipes that have been passed down for generations - I've been cooking with my mother and grandmother since I was a child. In college I baked these traditional recipes with my friends and insisted they mail some home to their parents. We have a three-generation cookie exchange every year.
A few personal triumphs: My husband says I make the best banana bread he's ever had (secret ingredients include vanilla extract, tons of chocolate chips, and sometimes a little maple sugar). I've aspired to bake a better apple pie than my grandmother (but that's a tall order). And on a dare at my office I attempted to make cream puffs with great success. I absolutely love it when an experiment goes well!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make a spicy fudge I didn't quite understand how to use my candy thermometer - I left the mixture to cool and it actually hardened in the pan. Disastrous! My husband had to resort to hot water and pounding to reclaim the pot.