I come from a family of professional bakers~so I love to bake. I make all of our own bread. I'd bake a pie every day if my waistline could handle it~but it can't!
My favorite things to cook
Pie, cake, bread, beef stew, grilled New York steaks, sauces from deglazed pan juices, good and hearty stock, custard, creme brulee, tapioca pudding, chocolate pudding, lattice-topped pies, suet cakes for wild birds!
My favorite family cooking traditions
homemade pasta and sauce with porchini mushrooms, gnocchi, oven-roasted rosemary potatoes, BLTs in tomato season, bread, beautiful desserts, Springerle cookies, chocolate almond custard, cookies, panettone, Buche de Noel with spun sugar moss
My cooking triumphs
Beef stew, Torrone candy, New York-style cheesecake, Springerle cookies, real fudge, a heavenly pecan pie, substantial chicken stock, lovely sauces for meat
My cooking tragedies
I have messed up on buttercream frosting, overbaked cakes, overcooked meat, made flat cream puffs, produced soggy meringues~~a good timer (Polder) and a wonderful instant-read thermometer (Thermapen) have become my best, essential tools