I'm a stay at home mom to two little boys. I used to work as a chef and restaurant manager. Now I just cook for fun and to feed my family. I love this site because I have lost some of my enthusiasm for cooking. I can always count on finding inspiration from the recipes and my very discriminating husband has loved just about everything I have made.
My favorite things to cook
Some of my favorites are tenderloin, leg of lamb, fried chicken, and a bourbon ham recipe. All are incredibly rich, time consuming, and not figure friendly so they are usually things I cook once a year. My husband cures pancetta and does an awesome brine for brisket (corned beef). I really enjoy incorporating the pancetta into recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Fried chicken and fried eggplant always remind me of home.
My cooking triumphs
I catered a wedding for a friend and all of my coworkers attended. The food turned out fantastic and I was so proud. It was nerve wrecking though!
Never cater for a friend. You will pour your heart and soul into it and realize in the end you didn't make any money!
My cooking tragedies
I once fried about a dozen racks of lamb in a deep fryer at a restaurant where I was the kitchen manager. I was trying to save time because they were part of a dinner special. My boss wanted to kill me. I thought it was a brilliant idea at the time:)