My mother's family comes from the midwest, my father's hails from the south. Couple that with the fact I married into an Italian family, and you know that food is everywhere! My husband's grandmother is a first generation American. She took me in hand to teach me handmade pastas, soups, meatballs, many other delicious "comfort" kinds of food and basic things I feel most everyone should know how to make. My paternal grandmother from Tennessee unexpectedly passed away Summer 2006. Only distance prevented me from learning what she knew, however I was bestowed with every cookbook she ever had. She was an excellent cook, and now I have everything from the hardbound BH&G series to the southern small-town church publications from around her community.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta fagioli soup, hand-rolled Italian meatballs, pastas, seafood, gourmet salads, casseroles, grilled beef, fish or chicken, fresh green beans or broccoli w/ olive oil & sea salt, Creme Brulee, cheesecakes and chocolate chip cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's "flipped" apple pie is awesome and always a crowd pleaser! Nonna's homemade macaroni & cheese, as Rachel Ray would say: "Yummo!!" My daddy's SKINLESS fried chicken, BBQ ribs, his "Mexican" coleslaw, cornbread, and his red beans & rice are all second to none. His mother's homemade sweet pickles were a triumph and Grampy's peach preserves are Blue-Ribbon delicious. Cannoli is next on the list, I bought the tubes.
My cooking triumphs
Pasta fagioli soup, homemade pastas, BBQ rack of ribs, beef tenderloin roast, cinnamon monkey bread, Creme brulee. When you can share delicious food with friends over a good bottle of wine, to me that's better than any 4-star restaurant.
My cooking tragedies
Learning when butter and margarine can be substituted and when they absolutely cannot!