I grew up watching my mother and grandmother cooking authentic Italian meals. Every Sunday we would have a huge family dinner at my Grandparents house in Englishtown, NJ. When I got married my husband never tasted food so good; he comes from a mother who's idea of lasagna was layers of noodles, ground beef in tomatoe sauce and Cheez Whiz!!! During the rest of my married life I learn other cooking methods and ideas from watching cooking shows on Public TV and then The Food Network.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook Italian and Comfort food. I really like braising the best and of course BBQ. As far as baking, I like to make cookies, cakes, pies, and breads. I would love to get a professional bread machine. What I would really like is a professional kitchen but unless I win the lottery that will never happen. One day I would like to have a Wolf stove and a SubZero fridge, that would be enough to make me really happy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family traditions? Not so much. But being half Italian and half German I have learned a lot about Italian cooking. Unfortunately I know nothing about German cooking except throwing some Bratwurst on the barbie now and then. I would like to learn more about German cooking.
My cooking triumphs
I must say I have threw down many good holiday dinners. Coming from a large extended family when I was married I would have anywhere from 15 to 30 people to feed on holidays and I loved it. A typical family holday dinner would include the staple main dishes as turkey, ham, and lasagna, and plenty of sides. Every year I would try a different side dish or two.
My cooking tragedies
Sometimes there have been tragedies when I make what I call "mish-mosh" which means I don't have a plan and start with a piece of meat and try to end up with something stew-like and savory only to have it look and taste like slop. But I have only done that twice.