My culinary adventures started when I was eight, trying to perfect omelletes. Before my dad was diagnosed with diabetes I spent most of my time baking desserts, pastries, pies, and anything sweet. Even though his diagnosis curtailed my sweet treats, it encouraged me to expand my repetoire to things that were healthy, filling, and fat-free. That was hard work! But it resulted in broadening my horizons and helped me appreciate how much variety there is in the world of food!
My favorite things to cook
Desserts have always been my first love and I will go to any extreme to make something spectacular, but I also enjoy making simple, nutritious foods that don't require a lot of complicated ingredients and crazy techniques. Soups, pasta salads, ginger cookies, lasagna (anything with pasta, really), cobblers, crepes, and anything with fresh fruits and vegetables,
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite memories from childhood are of coming home from school on cold winter days to find fresh zucchini bread, carrot cake, homemade bread, and rich, hearty soups. My mom and dad always made food and its preparation a special part of our lives.
My cooking triumphs
The Chocolate Fudge Gateaux that I make for my friends' birthdays is always a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I've spent a lot of time baking bread from a very young age. And I learned the hard way at 14 that when a recipe calls for all-purpose flour you can't just substitute whole wheat flour without changing the recipe!! Those 'sinkers' are forever part of our family lore.