Started work in the restaurant industry at 13 and 'retired' by the time I was 28. Now, nearly 20 years later, my husband and I own our own gourmet food truck and I'm absolutely loving it.
My favorite things to cook
Comfort food. If it's cheesy, creamy, chocolatey or involves popcorn, I'm all over it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Zeppolis at Christmas, my mother's cheesecake, my father's crusty French bread, Italian wine cookies, rosette cookies, chicken cutlets...the list goes on.
My cooking triumphs
Papillotes that stayed puffed, souffles that kept their height...that kind of thing.
My cooking tragedies
Rice. For the longest time, even during the restaurant years I could not make a decent pot of rice. I've mastered it since then but some of those attempts truly were tragic.