I use food and the art of presentation as a form of communication. At times a reflection of my soul. I strive for those to feel the love or emotion I was feeling at the time of preparation & wish I had the power of the character Tita had in Laura Esquivels "Like Water for Chocolate", where her magical spells in her food manipulates those who eat her creations to feel the emotion she had when it was prepared. Of course mine would always be of love and passion and such. Wouldn't ever intentionally want to make someone ill like she did to her sister. But there are times the PMS factor can kick in and well then there is no telling what could come out of it (tee-hee!).
My favorite things to cook
Baking is my next favorite escape next to eating it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oh to make my beautiful northern italians grandmothers ravioli. Her amazing sauces and that apricot and pineapple jam is too decadent for words.
My cooking triumphs
German chocolate cake. A pound of butter & 8 eggs later, truly a once a year treat. Apple pie (Finally!).
My cooking tragedies
Oh, I like it that my memory doen't allow me to remember too many of these.