I credit my love of cooking to my parents. The first child of 2 caterers, it is no surprise that I love to cook! My Dad called himself "The Running Chef". Sadly, he died 4 years ago and I miss him each and every day, but he is always cooking with me! I have been cooking for over 30 years and read recipe books like novels! Nothing better than a cookbook with beautiful, tasty pictures! I love cooking for others and seeing them enjoying the meal. I have been blessed to be raised on the East Coast and living my adult life on the West Coast in California. The 2 locals have taught me to cook blending ethnic traditions with fresh ingredients that are abundant in California. I have learned to cook Mexican food and experiment with new spices that were not available to me in R.I. My husband and I love wine tasting all over Northern CA and exploring the culinary world of San Francisco and Sacramento. We have been fortunate enough to travel to many places in Mexico and enjoy their ethnic food.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking many types of food. If I had to pick one type, I'd pick Italian food. Pasta is so versatile and filling! I also love seafood coming from the shores of New England. Lobster so sweet & tender, fried clams, clam cakes, chowder! I miss the East Coast!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents are great cooks and were my role models in cooking and in life! Dad never measured and it always came out delicious! Mom is the "queen of cookies"! I grew up with ethnic food....Portuguese, Polish, Italian. Every holiday is associated with some type of ethnic food. Food is a huge part of life in our family and in R.I. Food is used to fill you up, to comfort you, to celebrate, to mourn and to bring the family together. One of my favorite childhood memories is Easter. My aunts, my mother and grandmother would cook for days....French Meat Pie, Kielbasa, Ham, Hard Boiled Eggs, Italian Rice Pie, Portuguese sweet Bread and so much more. On Saturday, all the wonderful foods would be laid out on the table for the local Catholic priest to come and bless. On Easter Sunday, after mass, we would all head to Aunt Bev's & Uncle Dom's to enjoy food and family. Sometimes there would be 30 people crowded around a table made for 6 just eating and talking all day. I
My cooking triumphs
My truimphs are simple......the many smiles I have seen as a result of something I have prepared. Also, seeing many of my recipes featured on AllRecipes.com, in their books/magazine (Cajun Seafood Pasta, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Red Pepper Biscuits, Rosemary Turkey, Starwberry Torte, Cioppino)and recently in their eKindle books! Thanks for all the great reviews!
My cooking tragedies
The funniest cooking tragity was when I was just a new bride at the tender age of 18! I thought I would be resourceful and save bacon grease. For what, I have no idea, but regardless, it seemed like the thing to do at the time. I took the hot grease and promptly poured it into a plastic butter container. Flat like a pancake went the container! What a mess!