My interest in cooking started with Giada DeLaurentis...I watched her shows while I was recuperating from surgery in April 2010. Now, I'm an avid fan of Food Network. Prior to "meeting" Giada, my dinners were eat-out, take-out or microwaved. My family is in shock....they thought it was a phase that would last until I returned to work...NOPE. Now I LOVE to cook. I've made homemade raviolis, fantastically delicious sausage & peppers, totally fab pot roast, chic rollatini (yum)and a healthy version of Alfredo sauce.... My kids actually ask me to cook their favorites! My mom is totally shocked....
My favorite things to cook
I love finding healthy ways to tweak recipes w/o losing the flavor. I really like experimenting with different recipes for the same protein; like ribs (no healthy way to make these :) and pot roast...luv to make different pastas and my new specialty, as per my kids, is Chili
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and my Nana are/were great Italian cooks. I still need to master the Sunday Gravy (pasta, which is called macaroni in my family and Nana's famous meatballs - she's gone now, but she gave me her recipe 20 years ago b/c she always thought I'd cook eventually...I'm sure she's looking down on me and she's very proud.
My cooking triumphs
Homemade raviolis (can not believe I actually made them...and they were good!)
My cooking tragedies
A peach-glazed chicken recipe I got online....my husband said it was "gross".....he took 2 bites and then we ordered pizza. I think we didn't like one of the spices in the recipe but there were so many in it, I'm not sure which one??? Not really bad for someone who just started cooking!!