My husband and I live 40 miles outside of Washington, DC, and we work in the city. I grew up in Lynnfield, MA, but spent over 20 yrs in Beverly, MA (on the North Shore of Boston) and feel it's my adopted home town. My biggest passion is interior design. I subscribe to at least 10 shelter magazines and love decorating my home. I enjoy cooking and my friends would say I'm an excellent cook, but I am by no means an expert. I love recipes that make me look like a gourmet cook, which I am not! This website has inspired me to discover new, creative recipes and I love that it takes the chore out of everyday cooking when there's always a new recipe to try!
My favorite things to cook
This is a tough one! I love anything with a cream sauce (I know! Not exactly heart healthy!) especially with brandy, cream sherry or wine. Anything with lots of garlic is fine with me. I think my favorite food (besides garlic!) is shrimp. I love quick and easy recipes that come out like I slaved all day! Mexican and Italian are some of my favorites to cook. I also have fun trying to replicate restaurant dishes that I've loved. I make a mean bruschetta, and pretty darn good salsa and guacamole.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Nothing is better than Sunday football and the aromas of a yummy Sunday dinner wafting through the house. I grew up in a house where my dad was a die-hard NE Patriots fan, and nothing makes me feel more cozy than a cold Sunday, nestled at home, football game on and a stew or roast in the oven. That's heaven!
My cooking triumphs
Believe it or not, it has to do with meatloaf! When my husband and I first married we both boasted about our meatloaves. We decided to have a cook-off of sorts. I went first. He took one bite and cried uncle! He never even tried to make his!
My cooking tragedies
This isn't so much of a cooking tragedy as it is a food prep tragedy. I was visiting my sister in California one Thanksgiving and helped out by peeling the potatos. I disposed of the skins from 5 lbs of potatos down her garbage disposal. It ended up clogging her sink and backing up. Her poor husband was under the sink trying to fix it in the middle of trying to get Thanksgiving dinner prepared. We weren't able to use the sink the rest of the day, which also made clean up rather challenging. Needless to say, I felt terrible. To this day I have never put a potato skin down a disposal!