I'm a 41 year old mom of three "young adults" ages 25, 18 & 17. I embraced my 40th birthday with open arms. It has been a life changing moment, since I’m more relaxed, and I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. I live on “Long Island” (as us LI’ers pronounces it “Long-guy-land”) and enjoy the Indian season as it is the best time to take a drive out East to the local farms to pick natures bounty such as apples, strawberries, tomatoes and pumpkins!
My favorite things to cook
Large breakfast on the weekends...eggs, bacon, toast, homefries, pancakes...the works!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Since I was raised “old school” Puerto Rican, my cooking tends to have bold flavors. I enjoy making fresh sofrito using ingredients such as fresh tomatoes, cilantro, culantro, and these small little peppers called “ajices dulces”. I use sofrito on almost everything! I also like to use my slow cooker during winter months. It’s such a life-saver in making stews or chili.
My cooking triumphs
I think my greatest cooking triumphs were cooking for my large family (and extended family) a traditional Puerto Rican Thanksgiving meal. I started appetizers at noon such as pastillos, tostones, and bacalaitos moving to a light soup course around 2:30pm, and have the formal sit down dinner at 5:00pm. The holiday was so memorial…first rate food, great family, wonderful memories…Priceless!
My cooking tragedies
Twenty years ago, I was a newly wed wife; I wanted to impress my husband with my cooking skills and decided to make a meat loaf. I over cooked the meatloaf and when I tried to pry it from the pan, it looked like a brick. My sweet husband insisted it was still salvageable and tried to be a good sport about it, but after one bite, he knew better. We still laugh over this