My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy experimenting when I cook. I like to just add whatever I have on hand and make it work.
I love foreign and spicy foods, and Indian or Middle Eastern is the cuisine I most like to eat and cook.
My food needs to be interesting as well as delicious, so putting a new twist on a common dish is also fun.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Italian mother taught me to cook. We used to blanch our own tomatoes and grind them by hand to make sauce. Sunday night is always Italian night with homemade sauce and meatballs. It never gets old.
We also make Christmas cookies with an old cookie press (still have it!) and they always turn out amazing every Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
I consider it a triumph every time I cook something new and people enjoy it. Most of the time I'm still somewhat surprised when I make something that everyone likes.
My cooking tragedies
Once, when I lived in my apartment, I let a pot of sauce simmer down too low and splattered sauce ALL OVER the kitchen. Stove, floor, walls, even the ceiling. It was actually hilarious. Clean up was ridiculous, but still good for a laugh.