Fifth generation American/Irish all the way back to Ireland. I mention that because, well, the Irish don't cook so well. I've seen Tiramisu as a desert in a Irish pub! My mom sparingly used salt, maybe some pepper. We were the kids who thought institutionalized food was the bomb. My dear now gone sister used to whip up a batch of spaghetti sauce using only a can of tomato paste and some salt. Anyway, my twin and I are foodies and growing up in Chicago area we had easy access to a plethora of inexpensive ethnically diverse and delicious foods. Being a server in diverse restaurants for 10 years expanded my palette as well.
I moved to CA and started making healthier food choices after I read "Eat to Live" by Dr. Fuhrman. Now I have a little one and not much time to cook. I'm trying to make healthy (mostly:) and easy recipes. I'm hoping the planning area will help me.
My favorite things to cook
healthy food, easy recipes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom made good Goulosh (sp?), Chicken Cacciatore, green bean casserole.
My cooking triumphs
I've used the Italian soup (put in much more pesto than required) and people love it at potlucks.
My cooking tragedies
I was missing Italian Beefs terribly in California. I hadn't cooked much previously (lived in a studio with a rodent infestation for 6 yrs!). Saw a recipe for authentic Italian Beef from a great Chicago place. Someone messed with the recipe and put an enormous amount of salt in it. I though it was a lot, but abided. Big mistake, company was company. I learned you can rinse the meat under the sink to take out the marinade.