Growing up as a first generation Italian meant that most holiday's or celebrations revolved around food. I can remember spending Sunday's at my grandfather's house with 4 or 5 women (including my Mom, Aunts, and older cousins) all congregating in the kitchen with pots boiling, cutlets frying, and veggies being chopped. My job was usually to help set the table, sometimes two tables because there were so many of us. But, I did enjoy watching and smelling what the women were cooking up. I was always used to home-cooked meals pretty much every night. So, I find it surprising when people comment on how good my cooking is and sometimes amazed that I cook and bake so often- to me that's just how I was raised. I hope to instill this tradition in both my young boys. Fresh is the obvious secret to great food; one of the most important things I learned from my family is that making food from fresh natural ingredients will always taste better and be better for you. Not too long ago I started a blog in hopes of some day baking professionally. This platform seems like another great step along my path. I would like to offer my classic Southern Italian dishes, as well as, my baked treats like pies, tarts, and cookies with my neighbors.
What spice defines you, and why?
The spice that comes to mind first is Basil, but then I think Basil is not a spice, it's an herb. I love Basil. It's so diverse. It can be used in salads and to add flavor to tomato sauce; it can even be used to make a fantastic lemonade. So, to compare myself to this utilitarian, multifunctional, fragrant, and beautiful herb would be to say I am also as versitle in cooking and baking.