It all started in my Home Ec class with me teaching everyone how to cook a fried egg,then I made dough and a pizza at home.My love for the Culinary Arts began that year of 1984.I just realized lately that it is my true calling.I wasted years in an unfulfilling job and lost many years.So I now try to work towards my goals of a Chef. Like a lot of us out there...I am a self taught Chef.I have NO schooling nor have I ever been to a cooking class.it seems to come naturally, I feel at home in the kitchen,think well on my feet. It was meant to be. I respect the art of Culinary Techniques and always try to learn something when I cook. I find it both exciting and self-fulfilling and hope to one day be in a Professional kitchen having everyone enjoying my love for the culinary arts. Wish me luck!! :))
My favorite things to cook
Pizzas..that's includes the dough,from thin NY style,Deep Dish Chicago to all types of special pies BBQ Chicken,Baked Zitti and Alfredo White pizza to name a few.Like to make all types of sauces too.For my pizzas and other dishes. BBQ (tailgated from 1988-2010 at Jet games) is a true love of mine,but needs some work. I'm good, but no way near a Famous Dave. Baking cakes and cookies....who doesn't love cake!! Have made a few cakes, but I have several different cookies I like to make. These are my recipes and I am proud of the time I spent trying to perfect them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am Italian so it starts right there and my love of Italian cuisine continues to grow. Always having pasta on Sundays is a big tradition around my house. Also American cooking like traditional roast Beef and Meatloaf has been a staple for years and years.
My cooking triumphs
I can't say that I have had triumphs. I look at it this way. When someone eats my food and I see and hear the positive feedback from their words as well as their emotions...That to me is a great triumph. For example...I recently made Chili for the first time in my life on 1/20/13. It was in my Slow Cooker, which I bought just to warm a dish at a work cooking event. I looked at several recipes and incorporated spices from each. The finished product was a HUGE success with comments like "the best chili I have ever tasted" to "Excellent,excellent....I can't say it enough" I went to bed feeling so good about myself that night.That's what I call a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I got a good one. It was back in the '90's when I was on my own. I was first trying a meal for my friends. I had no recipe to start. It was Tortilini Alfredo. Not a big deal,but I ruined it. I followed the box of paste, a major brand, and it said to add an egg to the sauce. It struck me funny, so I asked my mom. She never made many white pasta sauces, so she wasn't familiar. So I followed the box and wound up with egg salad. it made me sick, tasted terrible and I was laughed at by the guys I was cooking for. Since then,not only have I mastered Alfredo Sauce, but have grown to be a fine at home Chef.