Along with my cooking partner Betty, who is a nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, I teach healthy vegetable-based cooking under the banner, Nutriphoria (see www.nutriphoria.com). I am also a Master Gardener through the University of Wisconsin Extension. I focus most of my gardening energy on perennials, but want to expand into vegetable gardening.
My favorite things to cook
I love Greek specialties like Moussaka, spanakopita, dolmades and pastitio. Dishes with tons of flavor like Jambalaya and lasagna are also fun. I also enjoy transforming traditional dishes into healthy vegetarian cuisine.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother was a wonderful Hungarian cook, so I love to add paprika to dishes, like Hungarian goulash. My daughter has been a vegetarian for the last 15 years, so whenever we have a family meal, I strive to combine traditional recipes with tasty and flavorful vegetarian dishes.
My cooking triumphs
I'm married to a Greek, so my triumph is when members of his family compliment my Greek dishes.
My cooking tragedies
I let my students know that unless they step out of their cooking comfort zone, they'll never move forward. Recently I was demonstrating making crepes on a new heating unit. I told them how easy it was to make a crepe, and after trying four times I gave up, walked away from the pan. Just shook my head and said crepes are sometimes fickle creatures. The next class the crepes came out perfect...yup they are fickle.