|Where I live now||
Queens, NY (I came full-circle after 13 years in Boston & Manhattan)
|Roots: Tell us a little about yourself||
I am the only daughter of Italian immigrants turned (uninspired) corporate lawyer turned (devoted) mom of 3 boys turned (inspired) regional Italian food caterer, amateur instructor and blogger (www.majellahomecooking.com). I spend nearly every summer in Abruzzo with my family and spend the remainder of the year dreaming of Italy.
|What is your family’s culinary heritage?||
My mother was born in Sicily and my dad was born in Abruzzo. Growing up, I was blessed with traditional Italian foods from their respective regions.
|Best family recipe? Share it!||
Arancini – At the top of my “best thing I ever ate” list, my mom’s version of these Sicilian rice balls are filled with creamy rice dotted with ham, encasing a center of tomato sauce with ground beef and peas, then coated in bread crumbs and fried to perfection. I request them on my birthday each year.
|Favorite childhood food memory||
Making tomato sauce with my parents and two grandmothers every year in late August. My dad was in charge of stirring the cauldron-like pot while my grandmothers bickered about whose way was right. Although they’re no longer here or well enough to participate, my parents and I still continue the ritual.
|Favorite dish to share||
I am positively obsessed with homemade pasta and spend the entire week leading up to every holiday handcrafting pasta for our 25 guests! I recently started giving local cooking classes with a focus on pasta-making, including gnocchi and orecchiette.
- Feast of the Seven Fishes: only in America December 15, 2012
- Baltimore brothers remember coddies January 1, 2013
- Share the love – of pie January 23, 2014
- American chestnuts live (!) on Maryland Eastern Shore October 24, 2016
- Thank you for visiting American Food Roots June 3, 2016
- Mastering the art of Szechuan cooking July 29, 2015