Sitting in my half-cubicle, day after day for the past 4 years, I’ve been searching for a hobby, some sort of talent that I could cultivate and be proud of. What I found is that I do enjoy cooking, having friends over for wine and delicious snacks and trying new restaurants. Gathering at a good neighborhood place or catching up over coffee has become the way to socialize and keep in touch with my friends here in Boston as we all juggle our day jobs, grad school, families and significant others. Food has become the common denominator in all of this.
Whether it was a themed pot-luck dinner where I met most of my closest friends, or a good meal on a second date that became much more, food is everywhere and a huge part of my life. I’ve loved cooking for myself over the past few years, trying new things, and found it is something I enjoy and am pretty good at.
Born & raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts, after going to college in upstate New York and spending some time abroad, I have returned to my beloved city of Boston to live/work/play & more importantly- cook! My great-grandparents came from Sicily, my great-grandfather (Nono) worked in the Prince Pasta Factory in Boston years ago, and I was named Francesca, after my great-grandmother.
I will be honest, I did not grow up cooking Italian food or eating pounds of pasta. My Mother is more a baker than anything, and though my Dad does make a great pizzelle, we are not the big Sunday dinner types. What I have learned I did mostly by trial an error in college and now since living on my own. As my Mom says, “If you can read, you can cook.” She’s right in some ways, but I will admit, I burn things, I make things that aren’t pretty, and even as recently as last week, I injure myself on simple kitchen equipment!
So now, here I am, living in an apartment in Beacon Hill with a roommate, our cat
Arthur Hunter (an aspiring sous-chef, he always stands by to see what’s happening in the kitchen), and the soothing sounds of the Red Line as it comes and goes. It’s not all bad, I have an easy commute (my two feet!) and live close to some of the best restaurants Boston has to offer. In addition to posting what I’ve been cooking, I’ll add reviews of great food discoveries from time to time. There are some gems in this city!
For now, check out What’s Cookin’ and I hope I’ve inspired you to cook at home!
The Day Job
To pay my rent and fund the challenge (and my ever growing shoe collection), I work at a private bank. I work with a great team, everyone is pretty young, and we all get along well. More importantly, we all love food. We talk about food more than anything else when we have free time, to the point where it’s almost obnoxious. Who’s cooking what, have you tried this, how bad is sodium for you, what about this restaurant? You name it, we talk about it. Part of those discussions and learning how other people are eating have inspired me to be even more mindful of what I’m eating and cooking, which ties in to the challenge.