I am the oldest of 2 kids. Both my parents are Italian. I grew up learning to cook from my Mom and my Nona. I love to cook, read, knit (my latest hobby), make jewelry and hang out with my teenage daughter
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian - gnocchi, egg spaghetti, sugo, lasagna, pizzels, Mexican food. I love to grill (my husband says I'm better at it than he is - hee hee). I also love to make cookies - I have a killer gingersnap cookie recipe that is to die for! Making Bread and cinnamon rolls
My favorite family cooking traditions
At Christmas we make gnocchi for Christmas rather than a turkey or ham. This year I don't know what I'll do. My Mom passed away in August and this was something we did as a team. I also love to make my own sugo (marinara sauce). My Nona didn't know how to read or write, so everthing she made we had to measure before it went into the pot. So, our recipes never turn out exactly like hers, but they're pretty close.
My cooking triumphs
Probably the first time I made ravioli. It's very time consuming, but well worth the effort. Making bread by hand (no machine) and it turned out great!
My cooking tragedies
Again, probably the first time I made ravioli. Was trying to impress my fiance and I did everything right, but I made them too big and they didn't seal well. However, they still tasted great and he decided to keep me "-)
Another is making what my husband calls "green chicken". Won't go into the details, but needless to say he still calls it that and doesn't like it - even though I haven't made it in over 12 years.