i have spent time in brazil and mexico as a child. now i'm married to an arab. i've learned a great deal about south-american cuisine, as well as middle eastern food from my mother-in-law.
My favorite things to cook
baked goods that my mother used to make.
My favorite family cooking traditions
1) middle eastern harissa and qima during muharram, 2) classic chai for guests
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.