Cooking is a favorite pastime. I love food - all kinds of food.
And I like to entertain. These days my best opportunity
is when we meet for summer camp. You'll often find me
under the tall pines by the river, stiring a pot of stew or tending the grill.
Steaming clams and lobsters. Making a fresh pot of coffee.
Oh boy, do I love pasta! And garlic. And the onion and tomato!
With a fresh green salad. I'm getting hungry just typing this.
An afternoon or evening in the kitchen is a great form of
relaxation. Even though there might be a lot of work, or sometimes
an intricate procedure to perform, I get a lot of satisfaction knowing
the efforts result in somthing truly worth while. A culinary
masterpiece satisfies my lust for the nourishing fruits of the
earth and provides ample stimulus for communal gatherings. And it
has almost nothing to do with computers, which makes it a highly
desirable diversion from that near constant obsession.
Here I've tried to collect a few recipes for things that have been
handed down to me or improvised along the way. I've been greatly
influenced by my grandmother Maria. She came from Gaeta, Italy and
although she died when I was a very young man her wonderful food lives
on through her descendants. I still remember those long days of
feasting with the whole family at my grandmother's house. Everything
so fresh and home made. She spent her life in that kitchen.
But the folks who have had the most profound effect on my eating and
cooking habits are my mom, Pat, and my aunt Janet. The two
have brought a love of gourmet food and a
wealth of variety to my culinary experience. They have taught me
the art of eating and cooking and living well.