I grew up in a big family. We grew all our own veggies and severl different fruits that my mom canned and froze.... we allways had fresh no matter what time of year. She made everything from scratch and I started at the stove cooking on my own when I was 7. The love of fresh ingredients has stuck with me. I hate canned veggies and don't know how people can eat them and enjoy them! I cook like my mom did - always from scratch, always fresh ingredients - is there any other way?
My favorite things to cook
In my younger years I found a love of italian food. I have perfected my pasta sauce, and make the most amazing lasagna - I have references. I generally like to cook home style regional foods - having lived all over the country, I have had the opportunity to learn many different cuisines, and incorporate that into my interpretation of the dishes I love to eat!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Fresh, always homemade from scratch, the whole family always involved.
My cooking triumphs
Being hired to cook as a personal chef for a few familes, with no formal training behind me.
My cooking tragedies
Nothing is ever a tragedy - it is only a learning experience to help me improve upon my skills!