I began cooking in high school when I lived in Germany. I loved becoming inspired by the unusual ingredients and suprising my parents when they returned home from a long work day.
My favorite things to cook
Cooking has become a way for me to get people to like me, ha ha, so I bake alot and take it to work. I love to find unusual things that people have never tried before, and make them fall in love with it. I'm constantly trying to find things in my Italian and British heritage to bring to the table.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad is Italian, and it's definitely in our genes to throw something crazy into a skillet with some olive oil and have it turn into a fantastic meal. All you need is pasta. My mom makes the best comfort food in the world, and I've never quite gotten my meatloaf to be as good as hers.
My cooking triumphs
When I was in Jr high I started making homemade pasta. I didn't realize how hard it was, I just went for it and somehow it turned out great. In college, I was tapped to be the culinary designer for a period play we did. I taught myself how to make finger foods for high tea, to decorate cakes, all kinds of high-brow things, and I got paid for it!
My cooking tragedies
I grew up on the Gulf Coast, where you're born knowing how to make roux. Well, I wasn't born there and when I was 10 I tried to make gumbo... without roux. I don't think I need to go on. TRAGIC.