cooking-mistakes

Every Italian grandmother has her own secret for perfect meatballs. But if you're not a nonna, meatballs can be difficult.
Even as I stood over my stove stirring the stuff my neighbor inquired skeptically, "Why are you going through the trouble? Your kids aren't gonna eat that, you know."
I had been working in the pantry (cold appetizers) section at Restaurant Daniel in New York City for almost a year and I was comfortable in my surroundings -- as comfortable as one could be in one of the best restaurants in the city.