Grew up in a heavy Italian influenced family. Both sets of grand parents cook as do both of my parents. When i did move out it was learn how to cook or starve. Well i love to eat good food so i learned how to cook. I enjoy it even more so when i can share what i make with friends and family.
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian. Would like to try sushi but i have a sligh fear of working with raw fish and making everyone sick :P
My favorite family cooking traditions
Getting together with my father and aunts and making home made ravioli or cavatelli. Thats an all day event that will yeld about 15 dozen ravioli. Spending time with the family is definatly number one in my book.
My cooking triumphs
I had a casual dinner party of 12 people. Well a few extra guest showed up and by the end of the night there were 30 people at my house. No one went home hungry. Amazingly enough i even had some left overs. Dont ask how i did it because i still ponder that one.
My cooking tragedies
Well its not really a tragedie but i did have a small dinner party where i made a beautiful rabbit alla Siciliana. When i told eveyone we were having buggs bunny for dinner no one wanted to eat. Some of my friends have issues with eating things i kill myself. Sigh...in my oppinion those are the best meals....dam city people LOL.