Bonsai and vegetable gardening are my favorite outdoor activities at home. Kayaking and photography are my hobbies away. Crochet is my winter pastime in front of a warm fire.
My favorite things to cook
All cooking ventures interest me, I enjoy making breads. Grilling is my passion, I am convinced if you can cook it on the stove or in the oven, you can do it on the grill too.
Italian - Mediterranean is my staple.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Grandfather, father and aunt were and are meat cutters by trade so I have gathered many secrets from them. Dad and I gather each year to make a family shared batch of my grandfather's secret sausage recipe. My in-laws are Italian so I make many of the families traditional recipes from the old country, mainly Sicilian in origin.
My cooking triumphs
Bread. I enjoy creating new creations.
My cooking tragedies
Grandmother's pudding. She never wrote down a recipe because she never measured anything. She made the best Southern Banana Pudding and to this day I am still trying to match her taste.