Raised by Italian mother and grandmother and our large family of fine cooks. Now retired business executive, but am selling commercial soups, jams and dips. Have been in a number of retail establishments but now do home demonstrations, your house or mine. My website is a work in progress and I'm enjoying a little bit of down time. Love doing cooking demos in the stores. Did very well. Trying to reinvent myself. The retail owner decided to "close". So on to the next step.
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian! Pastas, Soups, Gourmet level desserts. Favorite pasta is Preciatelli. Yum. Some of the soups are Corn Chowder, Tortilla, Cincinnati Chili, French Onion and Chicken Stew. Incidentally, I sell these also at shows and boutiques.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Fresh!! Fresh!!! Fresh!!! However, I am not above doctoring a jarred Italian sauce, but normally I do like to make it from scratch with fresh herbs from my garden. Will make about 60-90 meatballs at a time. I guess, "old world" is the answer.
My cooking triumphs
Meatballs; braccioli; pork roasts; lamb rack; all types of lasagna; Italian wedding soup; Italian chicken soup; chuck roasts and seafood paellas (Galicia).
Bread puddings; Rice Pudding; Custards.
My cooking tragedies
Mac and cheese. Still seeking a really great not overly caloric recipe.
Not enough people to feed. Love to cook for groups. Do some charity work.