I'm a mom of 2 and work full time as an office manager for a brace and prosthetic company.
I was raised with the strong influence of my Italian heritage and have a passion for cooking and baking. My upbringing and family really had a big influence on my cooking style and taught me how to cook and live my life with passion and zeal.
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian and to bake. I find it to be a great way for me to escape from the day to day and de-stress, although I wish I had someone behind me to clean up after the mess in my kitchen while I'm preparing.
I learned sugar art and how to decorate cakes with fondant. Over the past 3 or so years I've made a number of beautiful cakes for family and friends.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking 45-50 pounds of cookies with my family at Christmastime. We wrap them up and put them on dishes with cellophane and a decorative ribbon as gifts. I always make sure that I include a card that has a description of the cookies. I've been asked by friends if I would ever sell my cookies and cakes, but being that I do all of the prep work and baking myself (my mom is a great helper with the clean up - I'm a messy cook) I think it would take the fun out of it.
My cooking triumphs
Baking my fondant covered cakes for sure and a few recipes I've come up with, one of which is a recipe for fish (my husband's a fisherman) with bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, oil and grated cheese that's so delicious served over a bed of pasta with oil. My husband (and I) love it, as do just about anyone who eats it.
My cooking tragedies
I recall one of the first homemade cakes I made almost 25 years ago that literally crumbled after it was complete. I also baked an apple pie just about that many years ago and added WAY too much salt. I'll never forget the look on the person's face who took the first bite, too funny.