Find better restaurants in my area, and wish China Town knew what really good, authentic Chinese food is, plus I'd like to find a really, really good French cafe that served decent food without trying to be pretentious.
My "Go-to" dinner party dish:
Depends on what type of food the hostess is after. Every Thanksgiving I am asked to make Prudhomme's Cajun Oyster Dressing. I make a mean lasagna and a great Boeuf Bourguigon, plus I have been requested to bring my Chilean Tomato Salad, Scandinavian Cole Slaw, and 4-Bean Salad, plus made-from-scratch Boston Baked Beans.
My favorite comfort food:
Killer Au Gratin Potatoes with Leeks and Gruyere Cheese. That's also a request at potlucks.
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
Delmonico's Lobster House on Ventura Blvd. for their duck. Rule's in London. Pho So 1 in the SFV for Vietnamese.Fountain Sully's in La Marais, Paris.
My most tattered cookbooks:
The Brown Derby Cookbook (because it's old and well used), Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen, Giuliano Bugiali's Classic Techniques of Italian Cooking, Kahlid Aziz's Indian Cooking, Time-Life Cooking of Provincial France, and Ken Hom's Chinese Technique