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    JackieOhNo!

    Member since Feb 2010

    Chef #386585

    From Stormville, New York

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    About Me

    I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too! One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nuture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my pitbull-mix dog (Jade and my Turkish Van cat (Buttons, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I make care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!! Update - February 2008: My beloved Buttons passed away last year at the ripe old age of 22! Shortly thereafter, I adopted a sweet young cat who I called Delilah. This past December, she was just joined by her new (adopted baby brother, Bentley. Both kitties are getting along famously with Mama Jade. Update - November 2009: My wonderful dog Jade passed away suddenly in August. After three months, I have just adopted a boxer/pitbull mix that I call Zoe. She gets along wonderfully with Delilah and Bentley.

    Favorite Foods

    If it's eating, anything that doesn't have feta cheese, goat cheese, gorgonzola cheese, or sprouts!!! There are very few things I don't like. If it's cooking, I pretty much enjoy almost everything. I like to cook and bake. However, I don't like anything that is too time-consuming or complicated because, in my experience, it seldom is worth it. I recall making a Buche de Noel many years ago for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, I was up until 3:30 in the morning, making the buttercream frosting, which required 1 pound of butter, beating in 1 tablespoon at a time. That's 32 times!!! I was not only exhausted, but bored. The cake looked beautiful, though. On Christmas Day, I got many compliments and hurrahs. It did taste quite good. But I realized I could have made something much simpler that tasted just as good. Lesson learned and adhered to since then!

    As far as restaurants go, I prefer to go to places that offer cuisine I don't prepare at home. A friend and I have a local restaurant review blog, so we try to eat out often. What is really important to me is a really good glass of wine to go along with my meal!

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