I'm a South Jersey girl. I've been cooking or in the restaurant business all my life. My parents owned a deli & a restaurant in a private golf course, so my dream is to someday have my own, hopefully with MY children & Grandson. A real Italian family place.
My favorite things to cook
Of course it's Italian, but I'm quite the baker. I love when people come to me & say how much they enjoy my food. I can pretty much make anything, but I always put my own spin on things & tweak it the way I like it. Making things more healthy is very important to me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve dinner is a big thing in my family. And before my Aunt became ill,(she recently passed away, matriarch), we would all go to her house before Easter & make "Bizza", Easter egg pie, & stuffed artichokes. The recipe for the egg pie is from my great grandmother from Italy. It takes ALL day! Great memory, great food, we looked forward to it every year.
My cooking triumphs
It's hard to say because I do it everyday. Bracciole is a big hit, usually, but being in a SMALL(pop.1500)dairy town now, I can't make what I want & even have them know what it IS let alone try it! I even made a stuffed artichoke here ONCE, & people thought it was some kind of a dessert!
My cooking tragedies
Without a DOUBT, Watermelon Upside-Down cake. My fault for following a recipe exactly. It was horrid. Do not try this at home!! Lol...