I started cooking with my Grandma as a child and have been collecting recipes & cookbooks for over 30 years. I cook to relax, it's how I de-stress after a long day. A glass of Pinot Noir doesn't hurt either!
My favorite things to cook
Italian food is my favorite but I enjoy so many different types of food it's hard to say what my favorite things are to cook. I enjoy making appetizers, soups, stews, gourmet dishes, simple dishes, desserts and I love to bake! I used to make my son's cakes and muffins without sugar using fruit and fruit juices, I still believe that children do not need excess sugar in their diets especially since I've gone into the nursing profession and I see so many obese, unhealthy children.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas Eve I make a large pan of my homemade Lasagna, salad with homemade dressing and homemade Italian bread. Now if I could just make my own wine...
My cooking triumphs
Lamb chops with balsamic demi glase and new york style cheesecake. I created a low fat Chocolate chip cookie recipe and a Lite Chicken Piccata recipe that everyone seems to really like.
My cooking tragedies
My advise is to NEVER overdo spices, once you've added too much Garlic or Rosemary you've ruined your dish! That goes for all spices, even salt & pepper! Especially chili peppers - unless you like extreme pain! Remember to always taste your food as it cooks - you can alwasys add more spices as you go!