I'm a wife and mom and (soon to be )published author. Have been working as a freelance writer, location producer and English teacher in Greece since 1989.
My favorite things to cook
Fresh veggies of all descriptions combined with fish, poultry and locally raised lamb, goat and pork. Have recently gotten into snails (a big staple on the island of Crete).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents were from the Midwest so I definitely grew up in a meat & potatoes, stick to your ribs household. When we moved to southern California I discovered Mexican food and was immediately captivated by the colors and flavors. That was the catalyst for my greater culinary exploration.
My cooking triumphs
I use a granite pestle and mortar to grind my own spices for Indian and Asian dishes and truly there is no comparison with any ready made mix (whatever the high paid ad agencies claim). I use what I can only describe as "fusion" to rev up simple classics - and my stuffed tomatoes, peppers and zucchini are legendary!
My cooking tragedies
As a self taught, experimental cook - these are too numerous to list in 100 words! The prevalent causes were either substitution of canned for fresh, overkill in the spice department or power failures in the middle of the cooking process.