I recently began making my own pasta and I'm preparing to learn baking.
My favorite things to cook
I like to go to the market with no preconceived ideas and build a menu around what's fresh, in-season and/or on sale.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving turkey (for 12). After stuffing the cavity, had to pull off a shoelace to tie it closed.
My cooking tragedies
Was cooking a chicken in a crock pot when I got a last-minute invitation to jump on a plane. Stuck the half-cooked bird in the fridge. Got home a few days later, finished cooking the chicken and subsequently lost about 15 percent of my body weight -- 30-plus pounds -- to a horrible case of food poisoning.