Cook

I love to cook. This should come as no surprise if you consider that I come from a family of (mostly) wonderful cooks. Both my parents are great behind the stove and from time to time I will share with you some of their recipes as well: my Mom makes amazing pasta dishes, while my Dad is a risotto expert. My Grandma Mina also was a very good – although impatient – cook: her gnocchi and meatloaf recipes are epic, just to name a few. My Mom’s aunt was a professional cook and yes, we still have some of her special recipes written down, so I’ll be sharing those as well. And then there is me. I always liked to hang out in the kitchen as a kid, watching my parents prep and cook. As a teenager, I started cooking when my parents weren’t around, first only for myself, then for my friends as well. When I moved to the U.S. in my early 20s I bought my first cookbook: it was the great American classic “The Betty Crocker Cookbook” and I studied it from the first page to the last. I started cooking and started experimenting and kept buying more books. I never stopped. I know own more than 100 cookbooks and I absolutely love cooking. So are you ready? Let’s get cooking!

While yesterday looked like the world was going to end, with rain and wind and the likes, today the sky is blue and spring is in the air, although, I have to say, it is still really cold out. Every year, in march, I find myself gravitating between winter, hearty meals and light, spring-like dishes , depending on the day: so while last night a good pasta bake was in order (along with a nice…

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Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not claiming to be a vegan cuisine guru, nor do I eat vegan 100% of the time. I’m not here to take sides or to hear why or why not someone should be vegan – to each their own! – but I do enjoy vegan food and sometimes I go entire weeks eating vegan for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegan food, you see, can be very interesting and certainly…

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It’s Friday and maybe you are looking for something easy to serve as an appetizer to your guests. If you are anything like me, you probably invited people over days ago and, at the moment, it had seemed like a great idea. By now, however, you wish you hadn’t because, after working all week, all you want to do is sit on the couch in your sweatpants drinking a glass of wine. So here’s a…

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