Technically, I've spent more than half my life in the Baltimore, MD area. However, my childhood, culinary roots and traditions are deeply entrenched in the ethnicities and "culinary colloquial cuisine" of Northeast PA.(NEPA)
It is only after the last 15 yrs. here in B'More, I've discovered this area's ethnic and moreover, international diversity, yet delightfully distinct traditions that are truly unique to MD. I've enthusiastically embraced them all into my own culinary repertoire. I've found myself re-inspired to create, re-invent, expand my "palate" horizons and most notably, share with others, a primary need that bonds us together...FOOD.
To me the ultimate "atta girl" and validation is serving good food and watching those plates go clean and serving platters empty! It's redeeming and cathartic.
My favorite things to cook
1.)Pasta, pasta, pasta! My go-to comfort food and quickie meal. Done a million ways! I haven't done 1M ways yet, but certainly on my way!
2.)pasta(red)sauce, pesto, alfredo(go figure!) Thanks MOM!
3.)French onion soup.(base)
4.)Stromboli (ham & cheese & roast beef)accompanied by homemade sauces.
5.)Homemade dough for bread, Stromboli, pizza, hearty sandwiches.
6.)London broil. What a versatile piece of meat and inexpensive when on sale!
8.)Savory, hearty dishes, comfort foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
1.)Pasta,(homemade) with (homemade) sauce. (would eat for days!)
2.)meatballs (pork, veal, ground beef, fresh herbs, bread crumbs.)
3.)Halupkies (cabbage rolls in tomato sauce)(would eat for days!)
4.)Halushkie (fried cabbage, in fat back,onions, vinegar, etc.)
5.)Pierogies (we all know what they are.) but Mom's made by hand!)
6.)Coney Island wieners & sauce. (mmmm, lots of cumin!)
7.)Jewish apple cake.
9.)Garlic kielbasa, blood sausage, smoked kielbasa.
10.)Tripe in sauce. (I never knew I was eating a cow's stomach! That Good!)
My cooking triumphs
French onion soup (base)Nailed it!
Homemade pasta red sauce.
Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce-Have my family spoiled Rotten!
Pasta, sausage with onions, peppers.
London Broil(varied ways)grilled.
Cheese tortellini Steak alfredo, with sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, baby spinach and kalamata olives.
My cooking tragedies
French Onion Soup: I nail the broth! can't seem to get that bread and cheese to rise to top as a cap. ARRGh! I need help!
Need serious work on my knife skills. My husband who has no culinary skills, but can cut perfect cubes of potatoes, dice onions, slice cheese, etc. I have to work at it! What UP with that? Practice, practice, practice.
I suck or really, really have to work hard on anything that is dessert related. I love Savory, not sweets. Not inspired. Ron Ben Israel would say, "I'm no "Sweet Genius!"
My first 2 rounds of roasted vegetables turned out poorly. All about timing and turning, generally pay attention!