A proud Bostonian, I am a second generation Irish-Italian who finally completed her 8 year plan for college. A cross between Country Girl, Eco-Chick, and Fashionista, I'm a loud and gregarious person rolled into a short package. Wicked is one of my favorite words and just to let you know, cars can't park in Harvard Yard - they'll get a ticket.
My favorite things to cook
I tell people, "See this figure? I didn't get it from vegetables alone." I love to try new recipes and serve them to hungry friends and family members. I'm well known for my dinners - which is so much fun to do, but people can't stop asking me to make my desserts and sweets. I love finding a new sweet to make and I have so many cookbooks given to me because of it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas season is a big deal for my family and the food is one of the reasons we look forward to it. Seafood to meat for dinner; pizzales, canollis/cake, egg biscuits and a million type of pies for dessert.
My cooking triumphs
My first pie crust from scratch is a triumph. Watching two picky eaters scrape their places clean and go back for seconds in another. Recreating lost recipes and watching my family's face is perhaps my biggest thrill; I'm the carbon copy of my Italian grandmother and to know I'm following in her cooking footsteps is heartwarming.
My cooking tragedies
I killed an apple pie once by setting it on fire via the burner. I wanted to caramelize the glaze and got to talking with girlfriends before I remembered to check the pie. I cried. Seriously.
Using the wrong kind of milk is a constant battle for me. Runny messes are a norm when there is skim milk in the house. Remember, when cooking, most of the time its WHOLE milk.