Grew up in an italian home where my parents cooked dinner every night. It's inspired me as I get older and settle down to get myself in the kitchen and I'm loving it. Big fan of bold, robust flavors - and I can mince garlic like a pro! :) About to take night classes at the local culinary institute (we have several in Orlando). Everyone tells me that as an IT guy, I've missed my calling in the kitchen! Well time to find out!
My favorite things to cook
Italian anything, homemade pasta, mexican, stir frys, garlic garlic, GARLIC - anything BOLD and adventurous. Also way into modern-Mediterranean right now. Kind of a new thing but think Chicken Kiev stuffed with feta, sun dried tomatoes, olives, and fresh chopped basil coated in panko and and baked to perfection. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's famous lasagna. She actually used to sell this through QVC before she retired. I am sworn to secrecy on this one but it's great.
My cooking triumphs
I made lasagna for 30 once. I smelled like a Mofia housewife for weeks after that stint! :)
My cooking tragedies
Was broiling these delicious steaks at a friend's dinner party. OOPS - put the oven on CLEAN cycle and it locked and wouldn't open for 30 minutes after literally incinerating the $100 worth of steaks. We had pizza that night.