First generation Italian-American, so LOVE Mediterranean food!
My favorite things to cook
Homemade pasta, especially lasagna & ravioli. Interested in learning more about Thai, Nepalese, and Indian cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Make cannoli with daughters & their husbands (fiances) on Christmas Eve.
My cooking triumphs
Made 10 pans of lasagna (pasta from scratch) for 150 people for my daughter's high school graduation open house. Next-door neighbor helped store in freezer & cook in oven, and church ladies helped serve.
My daughter, friends, family, and I made the food for her wedding reception (about 100 people) all local,organic and from scratch: 21 lasagna, 339 grass-fed beef meatballs, sauce, salads, fruit and veggies from the farmer's market, and wonderful desserts. It was a lot of work, but everyone said it was fun meeting the actual farmers who grew the tomatoes, socializing with friends as we made sauce and pasta and prepared the trays, and getting to know the people at the organic bakery who baked the bread that morning. Everyone said it was the best food they'd ever tasted!
My cooking tragedies
When we were first married, I was cooking a relatively expensive piece of meat in the broiler of our 1937 stove. I asked my husband, "Are there supposed to be flames coming out of the broiler?" I was about to douse it with baking soda when he yelled, "No, don't ruin the meat!" and proceeded to put out the fire with a towel.