When people ask me, "why I love to cook?" I simply reply,
"because I love to eat!"
When I was younger I loved to cook and eat Italian food, which is my heritage. Next I discovered Southwestern foods with all of its incredible spices that are borrowed from the Mexican tradition. For years I was obsessed with Thai and Vietnamese food and hunting down the ingredients to make those flavors come to life. I also enjoy Indian, Cuban, as well as the traditional flavors of Louisiana, Greek, North African, Chinese, Mexican and French Cuisines. Having said all of that, I still keep going back to my first love of Italian food. There is something beautiful about the simplicity of garlic sauteing in olive oil, the beginning of so many savory dishes!