I love to cook for family and friends! I am committed to eating healthy. But don't get me wrong, I still love pizza and burgers! I am a nurse and my husband is a firefighter/paramedic. Therefore, alot of the time I need recipes that heat up well for leftovers or just for 1.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook pasta and Italian because my mom's side of the family is from Sicily. I make alot of Chinese, Japenese and Thai dishes because I lived in SE Asia for a year. Most of my family lives in Baton Rouge where I was born and lived as a child. Anything Cajun and spicy is gobbled up in my home!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I used to watch my mom and help her cook every night. Now I get to cook with her when we get together. I think it's so important to have family meals. Food brings people together and I suppose that is why I love to cook & eat. Every year we have spaghetti and meatballs on Christmas eve. I love that tradition.
My cooking triumphs
I think my cooking triumphs are that I cook with love. I rarely throw a dish together. I really take my time to chop and mix the ingredients. I find it a form of art and therapy at the end of a long day with a glass of wine. I would have to say my number one dish friends & family ask for consistently is my baked ziti with chicken parmesean or my cheesy squash casserole.
My cooking tragedies
I made bird nests for family Easter and they were so, so, so, SO bad. I used semi-sweet chocolate and karo syrup (as the recipe stated) but they were so bitter. I made 45 of them and I think we threw away 40. I was super bummed. Atleast they were cute in the planter box and fake Easter grass.