I took an early retirement after working for Delta Air Lines in Chicago for years. Before moving to Allen I lived in Las Vegas and worked at Bellagio and helped to open the Wynn Las Vegas. The VIP Lounge was a fascinating and exciting place to work. I met many famous people, from celebrities to politicians, etc. My 2 children are grown and living in Chicago and here in the Allen area. I work out and volunteer my time as much as possible. It's nice to give back.
My favorite things to cook
Italian food, sauce and meatballs and lasagne, stuffed shells. I love to bake, and breads are a favorite, also cookies at Christmas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our Thanksgiving is usually spent in Chicago and with my Dad and step-mother who is a fantastic cook. Christmas is here, everyone comes and on Christmas Eve we do fish and shellfish. Christmas Day is usually steak on the grill with great sides. Easter is Polish sausages and beets with horseradish, homemade cheese and challah bread.
My cooking triumphs
Lasagna that is so delicious I always get compliments. I use the meatballs from my sauce the day before and the flavor is wonderful.
My cooking tragedies
Cooking fresh ducks in college, I didn't know that the pellets had not been removed by the hunters, my roomates, so I cooked them with some lovely orange juice basting. We sat down to eat, about 10 of us and almost broke our teeth on the first bite!