I'm a life coach and professional speaker who enjoys great food at home and when I travel.
My favorite things to cook
I am attracted to all types of pasta dishes. I love variety....so trying new combinations of ingredients is great fun for me. I also love to experiment with chicken and fish recipes. Baking all kinds of cookies, muffins, cakes etc also ranks high for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Although I am not of Polish descent, I grew up in a community that had many Polish families. A favorite dish from my childhood is what we called Pigs in the Blanket or Gawumpki (spelling?) When I was little, I loved the meat filling, but wouldn't eat the blanket (the cabbage), now I love to prepare and eat the whole thing. It is still a favorite for all family gatherings.
My cooking triumphs
A delicously simple dish of salmon wrapped in Phyllo dough. I love anything that is simple, easy to prepare, yet has a great presentation, and great taste.
My cooking tragedies
Pice crust!! Although I love to bake and am generally successful with all types of pastries, pie dough is not one of them. My history goes back 35 years to my first year of marriage, when I tried to make my first pie. My kitchen (and I) were covered with flour after several unsuccessful attempts. It was such a disaster, I haven't tried it since. When I think about that day, I suffer PTCD (post traumatic crust disorder) Crust in a box is a delicious alternative.