I was born in So. California, but I was raised and still live in Washington State. I love all things Washington and could not imagine moving away from my evergreen home. In my not so spare time I sing and play guitar. I am in a band at my church and consider them my family and support. We all love food in our community and I enjoy the creations they make. I love the outdoors and whenever it is sunny my husband and I go hiking and letterboxing.
My favorite things to cook
Italian food. I can't get enough of pasta and cheese any creams and sauces. Everything about it is so rich and lush and elegant in a simplistic way. I hope to visit Italy someday, but fear the pounds I make rake in.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Tamale's, it is truly an event. I someday aspire to become as skillful cook as my grandmother is. You cannot substitute the heart that is put into making a meal, if it is not there it will show and taste in the meal you make. Tamales are a labor of love and a social event for the women in my family. Memories I will always have and a tradition I will pass down to my children.
My cooking triumphs
My husband recently had a 30th birthday celebration and I prepped for 3 days and cooked for 50 people. It was hard work but everyone had a great time and loved the food. I have a new appreciation for anyone in the catering business.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 18 I was cooking a quick meal before work. I had thrown top ramen into a bowl and onto the stove. What I had forgotten was to boil water first...well actually I had forgotten water all together. I had completely burn the ramen and ruined one of my mothers pots. They will never let me forget it. I even received a 101 ways to cook ramen for a wedding shower gift from my mother.