I live with my husband and two cats outside of Seattle. I'm a self-employed piano and vocal teacher, music director and performer. Besides playing music, I love reading, going to the gym, cooking for two and exploring the area.
My favorite things to cook
My heritage is largely Italian and Irish, my husband is half Armenian and half Scottish, I've lived in southern Spain and traveled a lot thru Europe and north Africa, so my cooking style is pretty global-inspired and eclectic. I tend to lean towards southern Mediterranean/ and Middle Eastern styles in cooking, but also love Asian influences (we do live in the Pacific Northwest, after all!) Cooking is one of my favorite ways to unwind.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother's Italian spaghetti sauce is definitely a tradition...using lots of garlic...mmm. Also: Gift of the Magi Bread during Christmas season, turnips at Thanksgiving, and Nova Scotian fish chowder to warm many cold, rainy nights.
My cooking triumphs
The day I perfected Spanish Gazpacho...the trick is to blend it for literally 10 minutes, and use almost overripe tomatoes.
My cooking tragedies
I thought adding breadcrumbs to a marinated mushrooms recipe would be a good idea...turns out they just soaked up all the liquid and formed a weird paste....not so hot.