Do you enjoy cooking? When and how did you learn? What is your best dish?
I like cooking, though I don't like to come home from work and cook. I like to make meals that I can make on Sunday and supplement throughout the week. I learned a lot about cooking from my mother and from living abroad. When I lived abroad I'd ask people how to make the local food. (Hence the tajine!). I also have subscriptions to "Cooking Light" and "Food & Wine." I try recipes from them and adapt them -- I've learned a lot of techniques that way. I also go to any cooking demonstrations that come my way. What can I say -- I'm a foodie.
My best dish might be either the braised chicken or the tajine I shared on Hub Pages. I make a killer cassoulet, too. I haven't shared it yet because I haven't cooked it in awhile -- it takes two days to make!
I learned how to cook from both of my parents. Since they were divorced when I was still very young I ate different meals at each house. My mom was the chili queen and my dad was the BBQ king. Now that I am older and live in my own apartment with my own family, I tend to teach myself new recipes and experiment heavily in the kitchen; some recipes come out delicious, better than I have eaten even out at expensive fancy restaurants, and some are terrible that I can barely choke down (that is what my boyfriend is for, he tends to be my garbage disposal since we hate waste). I love cooking pancakes and I have a large list of many different varieties of fabulous tasting pancakes (all made with different ingredients and all with different flavors, but all are amazing). I also love cooking seafood and I make a great seafood stir-fry (one of my personal favorites). Most of the time, since we live on a tight budget, I have to become creative and make something with all of the odds and ends in the fridge and pantry, but I have a natural talent for making good food, probably since my parents always encouraged me to cook when I was small and help in the kitchen. When I was young I used to make incredibly spicy chicken with cinnamon and that was always one of my immediate family's favorite when we were all growing up in the same house.
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