I'm a business consultant, wife, mother, writer and daring home cook! I'm intrepid in the kitchen. I believe that cooks were the original alchemists--having to 'make do' with whatever Providence had to offer (or not). That's quite a bit of responsibility that requires a good bit of creativity.
My favorite things to cook
We eat simply for everyday, and my infrared Solaire gas grill is something that I use rain, sleet and snow. For dinner parties, I enjoy putting together meals that my guests are likely not to prepare themselves--surprising them and delighting them with food and wine pairings that are a unique experience. My favorite dinner party meal is braised duck legs. Inexpensive, delicious, and easy to time for your party. Cuban Opera Cake is my favorite dessert that I love to make--and it stops the conversation. I also like to experiment with other desserts, but that is the penultimate.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving dinner and New Year's dinner are two of my signature meals that folks look forward to. For T-G, I have the old with a splash of new. NY's dinner is something I enjoy planning all new things. I should cook more from my Armenian heritage, for when I do my family loves is.
My cooking triumphs
Cuban Opera Cake! NY dinner where I served caramelized pears salad, a beautiful pepper crusted standing rib roast with a thyme wine sauce; zinfindel glazed shallots, and potatoes in creme. It was the best dinner that I have ever cooked.
My cooking tragedies
Besides the cut/burnt fingers from being overly tired.....Brussels sprouts with chestnuts in a garlic sauce. It sounded divine. I roasted the chestnuts (never again). A mediocre dish. T-G when my turkey spoiled from an over-loaded refrigerator. I opened the bad and almost swooned. I still had a ham. Husbando searched high and low for a turkey--but it was a turkeyless T-G. We had much to be thankful for--even the worst kitchen accident yields more food than many around the world can enjoy.