Hello and thank you for being interested in my Bio. I live in western Massachusetts with my wife and daughter. At this time I find myself the modern stay at home dad. It seems like every day there are more and more of us out there. I successfully worked in the professional business world for over 20 years. My first business was an audio advertising firm that wrote jingles and produced the recordings for broadcast. After selling that business to my partner, I worked in the Material Handling industry selling forklifts and the like. I did very well in that business, but felt like I hit an earning celling. I had an excellent reputation for sales and I was lucky enough to be offered a position at one of the area’s top commercial real-estate firms. I had 4 very successful years and really enjoyed working in that field. Unfortunately, the national market changed…banks weren’t lending and big players changed strategies and appetites. I quickly accepted a management position in my old industry but the catch was it was two hours from our home. After a year of the insane commute, I was laid off due to a slowing economy.
My wife and I have always been avid skiers. We ski an average of 30 days a season. We love being outdoors and active…no matter what the season. It’s super important in our lives. We love to travel and enjoy trying new foods. Eating and drinking have become two of my new favorites.
I learned how to cook and the value of caring for my family from my grandmother, “Nonnie”. She effortlessly taught me the timeless lessons of how to be a friend, speak from the heart, and to cook with love. Even though she is gone from this world, every day I still receive gifts from her one way or another. I was the only one to receive her recipes written on index cards. I admit that I still smell them every time I pull one out of the folder. It still smells like Nonnie. I can still hear her voice reading me the ingredients. She taught me all of her little secret touches that made her dishes distinctively her own. Her love lives inside of me and now I am proud to pass that unconditional love to my family. Even though she never got to meet my daughter, my daughter knows her love and it’s a part of her future.
Besides my grandmother, I have to give props to all my favorite celebrity chefs: Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar from “Extra Virgin”, “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef” with Anne Burrell, and Alton Brown’s “Good Eats”.
These great chefs have inspired me to give this blog a try and have had a major contribution to my cooking education. I truly am a product of the Cooking network and the Food Channel. Thank you all for all the awesome lessons!!