I've been in the kitchen for as long as I can remember. I learned how to cook from my mom, grandma, and maternal aunts. I taught myself how to bake and love that more than cooking! I'm allergic to corn, so I've been cooking & baking a lot more now that I've been diagnosed. I love to bake and to cook and even took a culinary arts class in college! Best part? I got to keep my knives and chef's jacket!
My favorite things to cook
Almost anything. I'll try anything once. Baking is my favorite though
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ris al Forno (it's a lasagna dish that uses rice instead of pasta. it's a family recipe), Pasta con Mollica (but w/o the anchovies!), homemade pizza, homemade bread, caponata.
My cooking triumphs
When I brought whole-wheat organic brownies to work and my anti-organic/healthy eating co-workers ate the entire pan!
My cooking tragedies
When I tried to bake a cake for my brother's birthday and the batter was so thick that it wouldn't spread. I baked it anyway and it came out looking like a cow-patty!