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I'm a young, experienced cook who is always eager to learn new techniques and try and perfect new recipes. I've grown up in a Sicilian family and it has a major influence in my cooking. If I'm making something for the first time I research it from many different sources, including this one. My main reason of becoming a member is to share some of my favorite recipes with others. I tend to stray towards the classic, minimalistic approach to cuisine, no blue corn tortilla strips, no mango salsa, no wasabi mashed potatoes. Just great flavors and made from scratch whenever possible. If you see 'Ultimate' in my recipe titles, I mean it. I've done the research and tweaked these recipes after making them many, many, many times until I've got it right. You could say I'm a bit of a perfectionist. Likes: Tony Bourdain, Jacques Pépin, Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck, Nobu Matsuhisa, Andrew Zimmern, Alton Brown Dislikes: Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, twist-off beer, light beer, fat-free dairy products (and mayo), margarine, store bought pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese in a can, American cheese