I've always liked to cook and my dad was my inspiration, we would always want to know what we both were cooking that day (eating sardines with mustard on crackers is one of my fav childhood memories with my dad ) He was 100% irish and my mom is 100% mexican so I have a few great family recipes. My grandmother always made her rice and beans from scratch. I can still hear and smell the spanish rice sizzling and steam filling up the house.
My father and I had some of the most amazing dinners in little italy nyc and sf. The linguine and clams in little italy was his favorite and I will never forget the "Ole ship" british pub. We always had a garden growing up and come from a great lineage of cooks so since having babies it's become so important to me to pass on those traditions of healthy eating but to also teach them to enjoy the whole process of growing food, picking up seasonal ingredients, and cooking from scratch. My goal/dream is to have a little sustainable community to live :)
My favorite things to cook
The whole Thanksgiving meal! I've had my recipe for turkey and homemade stuffing and homemade gravy for years. It's my favorite thing to cook every year. I don't stray from my classics but I like to add new veggie dishes every year.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Going to the different farmer's markets. My babies like to sample and be the taste-testers to try new things...then come home and come up with a dish with the great new finds of the season. My 2 year olds' favorite are the indian-blood peaches of summer (hard to find but sooo delicious!)
My cooking triumphs
I have a few :) Green bean casserole from scratch, making the fried shallots and homemade mushroom soup, tastes completely different from the usual but so much better
My cooking tragedies
Baking. I'm a cook not a good baker at all! I tried making an organic apple pie, it was so gross. Not sure I will try that again... but I like the ginger muffins I make