What influences your cooking? What about your background, history, your present-day life goes into which ingredients you choose and the dishes you make? Some of our daily cooking ideas come from an enticing recipe discovered in a magazine, online, in a cookbook, but others stem from the events and people in our lives, inspiring what we create in the kitchen.
Nostalgia is a big part of that. It�s why I have a pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich when I can find pork roll outside of New Jersey or make my mother�s Bolognese sauce. Irish women making Italian food is a beautiful thing. I love the food I learned to make when I worked at a Hungarian restaurant in New Brunswick, New Jersey, back in the ’80s. If there�s spaetzle on a menu, I�ll order it and if I didn�t live with a vegetarian, I�d make my boss Istvan�s �Transylvanian� goulash with tender chunks of pork, sauerkraut and long Hungarian wax peppers every week.
It brings back memories and the food we grew up with