Just your every day home cook in the NYC area. I love shopping at farmer's markets, finding hidden gems and exotic ingredients and building great meals around them. One day, I aspire to open a cupcake business (and win Cupcake Wars, naturally). =P
My favorite things to cook
I'm Filipino-Italian, so I feel fortunate to have grown up wide-eyed around two cultures rich in food treasures. My favorite Filipino dish is Lumpia or Bistec Tagalog, and my favorite Italian dish is good ol' lasagna.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad has a very kid-friendly way of making spaghetti sauce, right down to creating a smiley face with the different spices to get the right blend. I've been making it that way since I was about eight years old, and I will always make it that way.
My cooking triumphs
I always get to be the hero when I make cakes/cupcakes for my nephew's birthday party or other events. The kids love it because it has their favorite characters, and the parents love the decadent ingredients and elaborate decorations.
My cooking tragedies
Oh, where to begin? Every starting chef has his or her flops. I once tried to make these fancy basil scrambled eggs, but I mistakened tsps for tbsps. Needless to say, they were plenty basil-ified...and terrible.