It is the perfect expression of science and tradition. It is the reason I bought a outdoor brick oven when I moved to Los Angeles since I couldn't find a good slice for love nor money. Truth is, ever since I was a little kid growing up in northern NJ I loved food. Each day after school, I would walk a few miles to Bloomfield Ave just for an Italian hero or a Grunning's hot fudge sundae. Spending many years living in or around New York City exposed me to some of the best chefs, cooks, diners, and roadside joints there ever were. I have spent the past 15 years learning how to personalize and recreate my childhood cuisine. I've been on a quest to learn as much as I can from whomever I can. This passion and tenacity propelled me all the way to the finals of The Great American Baking Show. And I'm just getting started.
Enough about me. What about you? Does this scene from Goodfellas make you hit the pause button and run into the kitchen? Or did you ever quote Clemenza when cooking for an army? Or do you pretend you are cooking alongside Jacques Pepin and Julia Child when no one is looking? If so, then you are definitely in the right place and I should probably invite you over for dinner one night.
I grew up in New Jersey, lived in Europe, New York, and Los Angeles where I currently reside with my husband, son, parents, dogs, and a cat. Whoever said you can't like both cats and dogs is full of shit.