I live in Massachusetts and I'm a mother of 13 year old twins and a 12 year old. They're my three favorite people in the world (let's see if I feel this way in a few years)!
My favorite things to cook
If I had to choose between cooking and baking, then I'd pick baking. I think that's probably because I'll pick sugar over protein anyday.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas eve dinner when we make fish, fish and more fish. Over the years, I've seen this tradition change to really suit the tastes of all of us and our kids. When my granparents were alive, it was baccala, eel, and smelts. So, usually my sister, brother, cousins and myself, would eat just the first course which was linguine with garlic and oil. None of us cared for the fish being served. Since then, my parents stll make the dreaded eel and baccala, but we now also have shrimp, haddock, lobster, etc. This is one tradition I really want to continue and hope my kids continue it too.
My cooking triumphs
My whole family is from Italy and I've learned so much by growing up in a house that was always filled with people, great smells and plenty of food. I guess my triumph would have to be my sauce. I always make a lot so I can freeze it. I fry up meatballs, sausages and bracciola and put everything in the sauce. I think I almost have my meatballs tasting like my grandmothers. I also
do a great job with cheesecakes.
My cooking tragedies
Oh boy, where do I start. I guess any tragedy is when you spend all day cooking or baking and the end result sucks:-) And...there have been quite a few days like that. Let's see the lasagna that had so much cheese in it, that when I started cutting and removed the first big square, the abundance of cheese literally filled in the space from where the large square had just come out of, or the meatballs without eggs because I had too much wine while I was cooking. I've gotten a lot better with time and patience but we're only human and things happen.