I'm a jazz musician by trade, but I love to cook. I grew up cooking homestyle favorites in my mother's country kitchen, but traveled as a young woman and fell in love with international flavors. As a wedding gift my new father-in-law gave us an impressive collection of herbs and spices; I guess that was the beginning of my massive spice rack.
My favorite things to cook
Anything with bold or unexpected flavors. I love to make grilled food any time of year - my husband is a master of our charcoal grill and I love making sauces and rubs.
My favorite family cooking traditions
A pie crust trick that my grandmother taught my mom. The women in my family have always been proud of their pastry-making skills, and I enjoy being part of that tradition.