I like preparing and enjoying all types of foods but I prefer what would be called home cooking.There is nothing more satisfying to me than sitting down to a good, old-fashioned pot roast with mashed potatoes, homemade bread and all the sides.
Being Italian/Polish and having incredible cooks on both sides has given me many years of great memories of holiday feasts and an appreciation always of trying new foods and recipes.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making and experimenting with homemade breads and sausages. I enjoy grilling out but probably do no do it as much as I would like. My most requested dish would be my homemade Italian sausage stromboli with onions and peppers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Too many to list here. Both my Polish side and my Italian side have many, many traditional dishes, mostly seasonal. A few that come to mind would be our stuffed olives (ala Ascoli Piceno), Easter pies (Sausage Pizz'), Golumpki and, of course, there's nothing like a homemade kielbasi and sauerkraut sandwich but it has to be on a great rye or pumpernickel!
My cooking triumphs
I have cooked for 150+ people on a few occasions and it's always a great feeling of accomplishment afterwards when it all worrked out!
My cooking tragedies
I can't think of any.