I'm Muslim American of Irish-Italian decent. I married an Arab man and learned a lot about Middle Eastern cooking from my mother-in-law (may God rest her soul). I spent time in Brazil and Mexico as a teenager and so I'm familiar with many South American dishes. I'm a mother to 3 hungry boys and love food myself, especially Indian food and sweets. I do a lot of entertaining, so I'm accustomed to cooking/baking in large quantities and making dishes that are not only delicious, but also visually appealing.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake breads and sweets, especially classic American desserts (chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, pies, etc).
My favorite family cooking traditions
1) middle eastern harissa and qima during Muharram, 2) classic chai for guests, 3) the entire traditional Thanksgiving meal.
My cooking triumphs
i once made a giant dish of baklava with the most beautiful star-shaped design, which i brought to the office. not only was the flavor a hit, but the presentation was stunning.
My cooking tragedies
During my oldest son's 5th bbq b-day party, we burned 35 chicken quarters. I was later informed that i should boil the meat ahead of time. Pizza and chili have since replaced the BBQ food and become a family tradition for birthday parties.