I am a professional cook with a degree in Culinary Arts. I am a personal chef, do some catering, but my main source of income is from being a culinary instructor.
I am married to the most wonderful man in the world ... we were married in June 2007 onboard a cruise ship docked in Manhattan. It was beautiful - our friends and family were there - and the food at the reception was incredible!!
People tell my husband that he's lucky to be married to a chef - he tells them he's lucky to be married to me, and I happen to be a chef. Isn't that sweet?
And I just have to get this off my chest. I have an "allrecipes pet peeve" ... don't give a recipe five stars and then go on and on about how you didn't actually follow the recipe - you didn't make the original recipe if you substituted apple sauce for oil, used different flour, etc. UGH that bothes me!!!
My favorite things to cook
Anything and everything - although I'm not into baking unless it's cold outside!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Gram used to make sure everyone's favorite was on the table, even if it meant making 3 main entrees and 10 side dishes. I really admired her for that because it showed the emotional connection that food has with people.
My cooking triumphs
So many I can't count, but probably the Napoleon of Salmon appetizer I made for Valentine's Day at the restaurant I did my culinary internship at. It was very well received and absolutely beautiful.
My cooking tragedies
During a culinary class, a chef/instructor said that my Hollandaise tasted like "frothy eggs" ... you can bet that I make the best Hollandaise sauce in the world now.