I was lucky to grow up surrounded by delicious food--my parents own an Italian deli where I worked (and snacked) since I was about 5...and my grandmother is an amazing Sicilian cook that taught me that cooking with confidence is more important than following recipes with a laser focus.
My favorite things to cook
I love using sweet potatoes. hash with eggs, baked, french fried with garlic, you name it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking with soul. My grandma has been legally blind for about 40 years and she's managed to skillfully make her way around her kitchen and make some of the most delicious food I've ever tasted.
My cooking triumphs
Coming up with my own gourmet meal using random leftover ingredients in my fridge...prosciutto wrapped chicken breast stuffed with fresh mozzarella and rosemary.
My cooking tragedies
Most things that I bake end up funky in some way or another...