Just another Italian American from New York, currently living in the West. I grew up in the kitchen and still love to cook.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook my family's traditional ragu. I also really enjoy making prawn chips.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking with my mom. We are an unbeatable commando cooking team. I especially like making pies with her. She is the Pie Queen and I am her apprentice.
My cooking triumphs
Last year I hijacked the family Thanksgiving and went gourmet. They all said it was the best holiday meal EVER. In a family of perfectionists, that's high praise. My spiced butternut squash soup brought down the house.
My cooking tragedies
When I moved to the West, I had to learn how to bake at high altitude. Once I made three cakes for a friend's birthday. NONE turned out. I'd asked several reputable cooks for tips, I tried the tips and my cakes still wouldn't rise properly.