I grew up with some great cooks! My Mother and Grandmother (Memere) always had great smells coming from the kitchen! Being from a French Canadian family (Mother's side) the holidays were always filled with traditional foods - especially Toutierre (meat pie) for Christmas. Also, my father was Italian and unfortunately I never met my paternal grandparents - obviously their blood runs deep in my cooking veins...Italian foods are some of my favorite to make!
My favorite things to cook
I like to constantly try new things - spend most of my time on this website looking for new and interesting things to try! It's my secret weapon - everyone thinks I'm just naturally a good cook! I think a good recipe makes a good cook!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Toutierre and bake beans!
My cooking triumphs
When the torch was officially passed down to me by my 95 year old Memere - I am now the Toutierre maker of the family! I just about cried when she tasted my Toutierre and gave it her seal of approval! She was speechless when I told her I made it with ground turkey and turkey sausage instead of the traditional pork! Although my crust will never be as good as hers!
My cooking tragedies
I tried a recipe for "Pumpkin Crisp" for Thanksgiving instead of the traditional Pumpkin Pie - I had never seen, tasted or made this recipie before...and instead of baking it in the 11x9 pan it told me to...I thought I would be cute and put it in two pie plates (fool people into thinking it was Pumpkin pie?) Well, it was about 15 minutes into baking when it started to spill over the sides...and caught fire!! I was 15 minutes late to my sisters house (where we were having T-day dinner) with my store bought pie in hand and my pumpkin fiasco story! Oh...and I made the Pumpkin crisp for Christmas that year (in the required 11x9 pan) and it has been a requested dessert at all holiday gatherings since then!