Like many cooks, she uses garlic and chicken stock as simple ways to boost flavors.
She emphasizes using fresh herbs whenever possible.
She states that measuring "takes away from the creative, hands-on process of cooking" and instead favors approximations such as "half a palmful" and "eyeball it".
On her television programs, she has introduced catchphrases such as "E. Moving back to upstate New York, she started managing pubs and restaurants at the famed Sagamore Resort on Lake George.
Her family owned a restaurant in Massachusetts, while her mother managed restaurants in upstate New York.
With the success of her "30 Minute Meals" classes, Schenectady, New York TV station WRGB, the local CBS affiliate, asked her to continue on their newscasts.
This, along with a public radio appearance and the publication of her first book, led to a Today Show spot and her first Food Network contract.
She also appeared in a few commercials for Schenectady-based grocery chain Price Chopper, which stocks all her books at their stores and retains her as an occasional spokesperson.