Looooooove to cook since I was 7 and my mother gave me my first cookbook. Worked in restaurants, catered, ghost wrote a cookbook, "Lilies of the Kitchen," and have studied with some heavyweights--Michael Field, Barbara Batcheller, Wolfgang Puck. But best of all is sweating over the pots and pans and learning even to "hear" the ingredients cook, as well as see and smell.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta, seafood, ethnic--Moroccan, Indian, Thai, Mediterranean--the world gets smaller around a table of beautiful, shared food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My southern roots and the world's cuisine.
My cooking triumphs
Nailing a rack of lamb, a souffle, ganache, making cheese from yogurt. Best of all was having an friend from Puri, India tell me I cooked like his favorite aunt. Wow.
My cooking tragedies
The worst...trying to turn leftover Italian into fresh Mexican...egad!