One of Top 7 Blogs of 2010: What an honor!

We received an email from Marina at announcing that "We Like To Cook" was selected as one of the Top 7 Blogs of 2010.  Not only are we incredibly flattered, but quite surprised!

When we started this project several years ago, it was with the idea that we would write down all the recipes and tricks we use in our kitchen for our boys to have as they grow up, and for the time when they have their own kitchens and families and traditions. Friends and family would ask for recipes and we found it easier to use a blog to compile and share our food adventures. It is such a thrill that we now have followers and fans. Thanks to ALL our readers for your input and comments.

Happy Cooking!

Interview with Dom & Denise conducted by

Denise: After 20+ years of marriage, Dom and I still enjoy cooking together, but we still have very different opinions and approaches when it comes to food and recipes.

CAHM: How old were you when you first started cooking?

Dom: My grandmother put me to work in the kitchen as early as I can remember. I would knead the bread dough, roll meatballs, and help with canning in the summer.

Denise: I started baking when I was a teenager. My father was a cookie monster and we could never bake enough cookies. My sister and I would take them in our lunches too.

CAHM: What was your worst kitchen disaster?

Dom: The first time we ever roasted a duck we underestimated the weight. There was no meat - we starved!

Denise: Dom and I decided to make our own beer. What a complete mess! The beer tasted fine, but the kitchen smelled like a skunk in July for weeks!

CAHM: What would you say is your best masterpiece in the kitchen?

Dom: We spent a week on St. George Island and bought 20 pounds of FRESH Apalachicola oysters which we stored on 25 pounds of ice in a bath tub. We made bread crumbs from leftover baguette, added garlic and parsley and broiled the oysters on the half-shell. Unbelievably delicious, especially given the field-respite ingredients. (recipe)

Denise: This is the hardest question to answer… every time I cook something that looks like the picture in the cookbook or magazine, I feel like Julia Child. I will say that my pizzelles are the one item that disappears the fastest after I make them – that’s probably the best indicator!

CAHM: If you had to cook a nice meal in 30 minutes, what would you cook?

Dom: Flat Iron steak with a quick wine pan sauce and sautéed spinach.

Denise: Linguine with clam sauce.

CAHM: What's your favorite comfort food?

Dom: Spaghetti and meatballs (from scratch, of course!)

Denise: Pot roast (my Mom’s recipe) and mashed potatoes.

CAHM: What is the most essential item in your kitchen?

Dom: Salt

Denise: the Coffee Maker!

CAHM: Who is your favorite chef on TV and why?

Dom: I think his shows are still on in syndication; I always loved watching Jacque Pepin’s “Today’s Gourmet.”

Denise: I adore Alton Brown. I’m a bit of a science nerd, so I love learning the science behind recipes and cooking techniques.