Since retiring from the business world I have spent the past ten years travelling and collecting recipes. We visit Italy at least once a year and always come home with a new "favorite" for the year. I'm a first generation American, my parents were from Croatia, Croatian recipes are bacically Mediteranian with a lot of Italian influences. I love trying just about anything and many times end up in a kitchen where we are dining, especially in Italy, the Italians love to share their expertise and love of food!
My favorite things to cook
Just about anything fresh, using seasonal available foods. I dislike "contrived" recipes, they never really "wow" my visitors. Most people love fresh, good quality and simple, it can't be beat! If you ask any Italian/Mexican/Croatian/French chef they will all tell you the same thing....freshness and quality are the only things that really matter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have so many recipes that have been handed down to me from my Mother and Aunties from Croatia (most I can't even spell!) that are prepared and served on special holidays, religious days, birthdays, food can always be a celebration!
My cooking triumphs
Are when guests do not want to leave the table and extend the coffee to liquors to cheese, nuts and more conversation!
My cooking tragedies
The first year I moved to Boston in 1979 and invited neighbors to dinner and served a traditional Mexican dinner, not one had tasted Mexican food before and everyone politely pushed the food around on their plates! Now Mexican restaurants abound, it's very popular but about 30 years too late for that night!