I began cooking when I was about 5-6 years old. I would cook dinner for my family and often picked out recipes of foods I had liked at restaurants. I prefer cooking to baking (i.e. pastry-type foods), but I do a lot of baking over the holidays.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE Italian cooking. It's so fresh, colorful and packed with flavor. I also enjoy Greek, Indian, and Asian cooking. I tend to like spicy, yet complex flavor combinations. I really enjoy cooking any dish that includes very unexpected ingredients. I have had few failures when I have stepped firmly "out of the box".
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father is a very good cook, but my mother was the everyday cook.