As you can see, I live in Tennessee, and although I love it, I'll always be a Yankee! My hometown is Latrobe, PA....and that's where I learned to appreciate good cooking! My maternal Grandma was Italian, and she was the best cook EVER. Family dinners were absolutely ASTOUNDING at the amount and variety of food she would create. Sadly, as a child I was so picky I wouldn't even TRY half of what they put in front of me....once I grew up, I only had a few years of experimenting, and then Grandma died. If only I'd been smarter as a child- I missed out on so much excellent cooking! Since then, I scour thru all her old cookbooks and try to make up for whatever I may have missed...But most of her recipes are handwritten and the amounts listed are dubious, or sometimes missing altogether. My grandma was a wonderful cook, but LOUSY at recording her tricks of the trade! O well.