Growing up in an Italian family, the saying goes "mom gave birth to me in the Kitchen". I started cooking and baking with mom at age 5?and 65 years later, I still spend most of my time in the kitchen. I have made most of friends and family their wedding cakes and catered their weddings. I bake something every day but give it away to neighbors, friends, and doctorsI am usually remembered at the drs as the baker lady but it makes me happy to see so many enjoy the pastries like cannoli s , Pizzelle and biscotti.
My favorite things to cook
I learned to cook from my mother than as I got older, I used to spend the weekend at Nana's, and learned to cook by smell and taste. There were no measuring cups or spoons . A touch of this and a pinch of that was how Nana cooked. Actually, it was good as I learned not to depend on measurements so much as feeling, taste and touch. People want my recipes so then I have to do a pinch in a spoon then measure for them. But I am great full for all the time spent in the kitchen with Nana, as the love that goes into cooking also gave me lifetime memories with me ant Nana I will cherish. Her apple pie has won me many awards but still made with a pinch and touch of that and of course a big dollop of love to finish it with a smile.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas was spent at my home as they knew mom was going to cook and it was always a surprise meal. Thanksgiving I would have a turkey, a prime rib and stuffed lobsters . There was not a special meal each year but a variety of entrees and a treasure hunt for the kids with little gifts to find in a treasure hunt. Moms fried cabbage in a batter was a traditional dish that is always made in her memory and thanked her before we ate our meal. The grand kids now make it as a side dish on every holiday . Thank God for our traditional memories from the kitchen
My cooking triumphs
Won awards for my grandmothers apple pie and designed and made my daughters wedding cake 16 tiers all a different flavor with bridges, fountains and lights weaved throughout . It made the society page which was a surprised as I didn't know the photographer sent it in. Took three trucks to deliver it and I assembled it when delivered.
My cooking tragedies
No good cook can say we haven't had a tragedy. I made a wedding cake and the night before the wedding, a neighbor came over to see it with her three year old and as we were having coffee, the child went to view it and grabbed a step that led around the cake and we heard a crash. Yes, all tiers ended up on the floor. I stayed up all night and made another 5 tier cake.