LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Larchmont resident Amy Rosen says she's been cooking "her whole life," starting, first, in her grandmother's kitchen. She's a big fan of using family recipes passed down through the generations and modernizing them to fit today's tastes. In other words, less butter, and more healthful ingredients.
Rosen turned her passion for cooking into a business five years ago and now specializes in private and group cooking classes and birthday parties. Cupcake wars for pre-teen and teenage girls are forever popular, she said.
She also does intimate catering events (for no more than 25 people).
Her customization and individual attention to events is part of what sets her apart. That, and "My food tastes really good!," she said.
One of her areas of expertise is Passover; specifically Passover with a modern twist. Her chocolate matzo brittle, in both regular and gluten-free varieties, is a continual hit and is sold at Larchmont Meateria. "It's something people eat year-round," she said.
It's also a recipe that will be included in her cookbook, which she's writing now.
Go to www.amyrosencookingbydesign.com/ for more information.