I'm 42 years old - and currently living in Hillsborough, NJ - I'm a stay at home Mom for my 2 boys - Matthew and Nicholas. I'm always looking for quick and easy recipes so eating doesn't become boring! I don't have a lot of time to cook - so I'm always looking for recipes that don't take too much time - and have lots of flavor! My favorite Telivision chef is Giada DeLorentiis - Everyday Italian cooking show on the Food Network.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook "Italian" dishes. Since I grew up in an Italian family - we were always cooking and eating Italian food! I also love to cook seafood - Shellfish in particular. I have accumulated a lot of decicious recipes and love making them when I have a little more time on my hands!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorites are - Every Halloween - I make Tacos for my family - Every Christmas Eve(no matter who's house it's over) we ALWAYS have a HUGE display of fish dishes - from fried flounder to baked clams to Crab sauce and linguini and my favorite -cold fish salad!! For Italians, on Sundays, you are supposed to have some sort of macaroni, and eat dinner around 1 p.m. I have broke this tradition (Grandmother and Great-Grandmother please forgive me!) anything the family wants is usually what I make- and we eat around 6 p.m. Grilling is a huge part of our lives - all season long.
My cooking triumphs
I have been told I make one heck of a "Stuffed Shells" - and "Baked Ziti" and an excellent Clam and Crab sauce as well!
My cooking tragedies
I remember when I first started out making a tomato sauce dinner - I was a teenager. I used WAY too much oregano -From what I remember - I put nearly a cup of oregano into 2 cans of sauce that was simmering on the stove. I remember my father telling me - "it's good, but you may want to add a little less oregano next time"!! (he was being so sweet) That's the one tragedy that sticks out in my mind! Also, I've been known to make "soup" out of mashed potatoes if I'm in a rush!