I have always enjoyed entertaining people with good food. Being a young woman out of college there never seems to be a shortage of hungry young folks around my household. My family is quite Italian, but my partner is Mexican from the Southwest U.S. This makes for an interesting combination of spicy and savory. I hope to learn so much more from the vast and varied communities around me!
My favorite things to cook
Any and all variations of lasagna and stuffed shells. I've recently discovered a flair for sauces in which I take great pleasure and find extremely therapeutic. I enjoy drink making as well. Having been a caffeine addict for most of my life, my barista skills are quite refined. Since I've become "of age," I've learned that my knack translates well to alcoholic beverages as well.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The quintessential female-centered space of my grandmother-and then mother's-and then my kitchen. It's a no go zone for anyone ornery or chaotic. The kitchen is where we go to decompress, tap into our natural rhthym...and just cook. Since I was a small child I've been involved in the creation of this sacred space. From picking the fresh green beans out of the garden at 3 years old, to helping create the year's Thanksgiving menu, I must say I'm beginnning to grow up. And my mother has been very graceful about relinquishing some power in her kitchen! :)
My cooking triumphs
Honey-baked ham--definately. It was Easter, as I recall. My last year in college and my first year trying to create an urban family of friends. But someone had to cook, right? I slaved for HOURS over this ham. Basting and basting and basting and BASTing with the honey-spice concoction. In the end, my patience was rewarded with a ham so delicious my friends' mouths were watering. I think the biggest triumph was making our own holiday and forging new traditions. This was true independence.
My cooking tragedies
Baking. Especially peanut butter cookies. Who knew such a craft is, in fact, an exact science reserved for the select few!?! For years I have been trying to master the elusive cookie, and for years myu dear sister has been my guinea pig, quietly shaking her head after tasting the cardboard like mini moons. Awww. I suppose I'll keep trying.