I am a second generation Italian-American. My Grandparents both immigrated here from sicily. Growing up in an Italian home was phenomenal. My Grandmother started teaching me to cook at a very young age. Now, I cook anything and everything. I am constantly trying new things and I make up new recipes all the time. My family and I are very involved in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America and we do campouts and hiking. I am also a Certified Ceramics Instructor and have been creating in all forms of art for years. I have won many awards, Ribbons and Best of Show and was recognized by Rockwell International when I was 18. I learned patience through cooking and art and know if it doesn't work out the first time, tweak and twist it until it does, then WRITE IT DOWN!
My favorite things to cook
My Grandmothers Bolognese and Meatballs. It cooks all day and makes the house smell like you are in Italy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We cook together as a family. We don't measure anything. (except when we bake)
Like my Grandfather, I have a full garden and pick fresh vegetables in season year round. they add flavor and richness to all our meals together.
My cooking triumphs
Converting recipes I find into less fat/no added salt recipes for my family. Sometimes it works and others it doesn't, but I try.
My cooking tragedies
I overcooked a strata (it looked so good when it came out of the oven) and didn't know until it was served to friends. it was so thick and brown on the bottom I could have used it to make hockey pucks.