I was a Realtor in Knoxville until I found my true love and we moved to Key Largo. We are LOVING our new life together in sunny Florida. I have
time to get creative with cooking and have all new ingredients to use. Coming from Tennessee, seafood is certainly not my specialty but I have always loved it. I'm excited to learn how to make all the wonderful things we've eaten here at the local restaurants.
My favorite things to cook
Italian - from my past life, where I learned from Sicilian grandma, so I'm GOOD at it.
Grilling - Everything on the grill is better in my opinion. I especially love those new grilling planks...ahhhhhhh-mazing!
Southern Soul - Being from East Tennessee, you can't grow up without learning how to make Flat Cornbread in a Skillet, Pinto Beans, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra, Fried Corn, heck, anything FRIED in bacon grease.
Cajun - I'm learning that now from new hubby.
My favorite family cooking traditions
CAJUN - since I married a Cajun, I'm now getting the new 'training' - ooh wee! We're having Gumbo at Thanksgiving along with the more traditional foods.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving Feast a la Bon Apetit's Elegant Dinners Cookbook with full menus and shopping lists...everything is unbelievable.
Lasagne, Spaghetti Sauce and Stuffed Mushrooms from the X-Grandma-In-Law.
Salads - Everyone says I make the best salad they've ever had. I cant take the credit - I learned the secret from Lynn Rosetto Casper's cookbooks - she is genius. And, it's a very simple secret that makes all the difference.
My cooking tragedies
My first roast chicken at age 18. I moved into my first apartment and didn't have a clue. I put the thing in a pot, without removing the guts, no seasoning, no oil, nothing. I baked it on 250 degrees for 5 hours. The neighbor's cat wouldn't even eat it.