My name is Neal Fusco and I am a husband, father and a novice Italian chef. I did not go to culinary school and I did not grow up in the kitchen learning how to cook. I did however grow up with a love for Italian food.
Every Sunday when I was growing up, my entire family would get together and have a big Italian dinner. My mother and grandmother Fusco would be in the kitchen and they would make the most delicious Italian dishes from homemade soup to delicious cannoli's. I looked forward to Sunday dinners all week because that was when my grandmother Fusco would teach my mother a new dish. My mother would was such a willing student too. She would carefully write down every ingredient my grandmother used, how she prepared it and what it should look like when she was done. It was my favorite day of the week.
Now that I have a family of my own, I have decided to keep that tradition going. Now unlike my mother, I did not already know how to cook, but I wasn't going to let a little thing like that stop me. So, I asked my mom for all her old recipes and started to practice on my family. My lovely wife cooks all week long for the family, but on Sunday, Chef Fusco's kitchen is open for business. Now, I must admit, it was not as easy as my mother and Grandma Fusco made it seem. In fact, I had many failures right from the start, but I also have a patient and loving family. But, as they say, practice makes, well not perfect, but edible. It has been about a year now, and I have my family over to Chef Fusco's kitchen each Sunday and I cook them a delicious Italian meal. I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I did when I was a kid eating it, but there is much satisfaction in successfully preparing meals for loved ones and watching them enjoy it.
Some of the Italian home cooked meals that I have made for my family include the following:
- Pastina Soup
- Chicken Parmesan
- Homemade Pasta and Meat Sauce
- Eggplant Parmesan
I am going to try many more recipes and will post be posting about them in my upcoming blog, Sunday’s with Chef Fusco. In the meantime, I would like to share this video with you called The six golden rules of Italian cooking. What's on Dubai posted this video of my favorite Italian Chef who passed away in November, Antonio Carluccio.