Growing up my Mama used to always say, "When you're the boss of the tomato sauce, you can make the decisions." Well guess what? I am so totally boss of not only the tomato sauce now, but I'm also the boss of this blog-Laptops and Stovetops.
Laptops and Stovetops was at first a hobby inspired by a latent love of cooking and baking combined with the awesome unknown factor of free time after getting a Master's degree. Over the past two years blogging has grown from hobby to obsession. Like all good former college students, the naming of my blog has a duality of meaning and symbolism. 'Stovetops' signifies my early years learning to cook our family's Italian-American dishes standing eye-level to my mother's hip and the stovetop. 'Laptops' signifies my scholarly studies of interactive media and how it serendipitously lead to my present process of learning to cook new and exotic dishes from the food blog community at large expanding my culinary vocabulary and arsenal. There you have it folks, a glimpse into the making of a noveau Italian-Fusion cook large and in-charge!
Before I graduated from UCF this past May I pre-supposed that without a full-time school schedule I would have A LOT of constructive energy idling in my hands, and I wanted to put that time to use on things I love to do. One evening I was at home with friends with a chocolate chip cookie Food Network Challenge came on television. I adore making chocolate chip cookies and have been cultivating my recipe since I was 11 years old so when I saw what looked like mildly atrocious cookies from the contestants on TV, I jumped off my couch and immediately began baking. It was an instant epiphany of, "I can do that!" That's when it dawned on me to start entering cooking and recipe contests for fun. I've entered two so far and just submitted my family' Italian Wedding Soup recipe to Cooking Light Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest.