Nicky D Cooks
I am owner and operator of Nicky D Cooks -Authentic Handcrafted Italian Biscotti and Pizzelle. I am food blogger for Ciao Pittsburgh and the Peters Patch (local voices) as well as a cooking instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). I teach Italian-American Peasant Cooking classes.
I am a native New Englander living and raising my family here in Peters Township
As for myself—I grew up in Rhode Island in a typical Italian-American house hold. I was extremely fortunate to have most of my family in a two-block radius from my parents’ house.
Many of the relatives that I grew up with were all phenomenal cooks, especially my Great Grandma Rosie, Nana Josephine and my Ma.
Our family was always surrounded by food; all of my fondest memories of family gatherings always involved food. Like most children in this type of family, I was basically raised up in the kitchen.
At a very early age I started cooking and baking.
By the time I was a teenager, I did all of the baking for the holidays. I also helped to cook evening meals for our family. In our home, cooking and learning to do so was not an option—you just did it.
I am so lucky to have had this type of childhood; it started me on my gastronomical journey though life. I have so many foodies in my family and in my life. I am always learning from them and they inspire me—I love them all for this.
Food and cooking excites me, it always has. I have an affinity for the old-world food that I was brought up on. So much of the traditions and recipes that were brought over from the “old country” are no longer around. I continue to cook this way and I teach others about this type of cooking, so that these dishes and recipes will continue on.