Born and raised in NYC, relocated to New Orleans last Spring. Used to help my mom cook and bake as a kid. Grew up thinking it was totally natural that my mom cooked a full, balanced, homemade dinner from scratch every night. As I got older, I realized how fortunate I was to have been raised to appreciate good food! Growing up in Queens, NYC means I've been exposed to a plethora of different cuisines. My palate is extremely diverse. I didn't cook much from scratch for years, but recently I've been trying to cook much more often, and I'm relearning all the joys that come along with it. I've been a vegetarian for years and I love cooking food that's healthy and low cal without sacrificing taste. I especially love spicy and savory food.
My favorite things to cook
I make potatoes ALL the time. I love to roast veggies and bake quiche. I also bake peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cookies. I enjoy making soup. I love making omelets and fritattas. Generally, I enjoy cooking whatever I'm in the mood to EAT. ;)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always made everything from scratch. She even grew her own potatoes for her tomato sauce. My bf and I are going to start our own garden this Spring, so hopefully I'll be able to continue that tradition. My mom also taught me how to make some bangin' Indian dishes.
My cooking triumphs
I baked four quiche for my best friend's bridal shower, and they were a HUGE hit. They were absolutely heavenly. Another night, at a friend's house, there were no snacks -- nothing but a few raw ingredients and a can of condensed milk. We improvised made the richest chocolate pudding ever. :)
My cooking tragedies
My brother and I once set our stovetop on fire while cooking for twenty.. My dad saved the day with a fire extinguisher and thankfully hardly anything was ruined.