I´m originally a Minnesota girl and now live in Rome, Italy with my partner. I haven´t had any luck finding work here, so I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The ingredients here are really outstanding...incredible fresh veggies, fruit, wine, cheese...
My favorite things to cook
Burritos! I have lived in three countries and each time have to figure out how to make them with the beans and cheeses that are locally available. Always worth it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was a very picky eater as a child and hated meat AND potatoes (really unfortunate for my midwestern parents!). As a result there were just a few dishes that made everyone happy. My parents used to bake ¨Carrot Pie,¨ a carrot-basil-cheddar quiche that was just great, and on Christmas we would have spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread.
My cooking triumphs
Pumpkin lasagna perfected after three weeks of trials: pumpkin, onion, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, sage, and cream. IT IS SO GOOD!
My cooking tragedies
I always like to bake muffins for small thank you presents. In Italy I needed a lot of favors to get through the initial culture shock, but Italy doesn´t seem to have baking powder. I ruined batch after batch of muffins trying to adjust recipes by substituting in extra baking soda. The batter would taste great and then the muffins would taste horrible and bitter. By the time I figured it out it was a bit late for thoughtful thank yous...oh well.