Cooking, like knitting, is something I love to do. I will never do it for money- it is something that relaxes me, something that is a hobby and for ME and me alone. I don’t have to do it for paying customers. I can make mistakes and grow with it. I can substitute, play, and design. Every day is a new challenge and a new chance to make something special. It connects me to my family, my ancestors, my culture, and my heritage.

My favorite thing to make is a special dessert my mother makes. It is a special cookie that is only made around Christmas, and it reminds me of the holidays and family. What special dishes do you (or your family) make? And is anyone else really looking forward to Julie and Julia?