Like to cook but LOVE to bake. Traveling is my passion, especially to the Riviera Maya, Mexico. You can learn so much about a culture through its cuisine.
My favorite things to cook
Italian and Mexican dishes
My favorite family cooking traditions
Italian and Eastern European seasonal dishes; baking pies with my grandmother.
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving dinner in a new house while I hadn't quite figured out the temperamental oven.
My cooking tragedies
First quiche baked at my new residence when I hadn't yet figured out the oven. Raw inside, burnt outside. Also, a few years ago when I prepared my very first brined turkey for Thanksgiving---way too salty. My Mom cried that she couldn't eat it and made my brother (who dubbed this turkey "Turkey of the Sea") go out and buy another turkey for our dinner. Didn't eat until 8 p.m. A disaster.