I am happily married and living in West Lafayette, IN with our cat. I love to cook for my husband and the rest of our family. I am still looking for the career that is right for me, but I may go back to school in the next couple of years. I graduated with an English degree from Purdue University. I started cooking originally out of necessity, and it became a stress-relief hobby. :)
My favorite things to cook
Rib roast, my special green beans, anything Mexican (especially steak fajitas and chicken enchiladas), egg souffle, baked salmon, my roasted potatoes, anything I haven't cooked before. Also anything that can guarantee leftovers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Like any Hoosier family -- corn on the cob!
I make a breakfast casserole every year for Christmas morning, and I've hosted Thanksgiving several times (and I love it, even though I'm sore the next day).
My cooking triumphs
Impressing my brother, who is an awesome cook, with my lasagna; getting my cousin to eat vegetables for the first time ever, as mine are apparently more palatable somehow; seeing my in-laws go back for seconds the first time I cooked for them; hearing nothing but grunts and muffled chewing from my husband while he eats dinner at home.
My cooking tragedies
The handful of times that I have grossly over-seasoned the food. Also, once I left Italian peas on the stove too long (I was trying to shove a friend out the door so we could eat) and the peas turned to mush.
One year, I hosted Thanksgiving, and everything was AMAZING. Then later that weekend, I managed to screw up Zatarain's jambalaya.