ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP AND CRESCENT ROLLS WITH DAD CHEF DEN DURANTE

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP AND CRESCENT ROLLS WITH DAD CHEF DEN DURANTE

Italian Wedding Soup and Crescent Rolls with Dad Chef Ben Durante

Dad Chef Ben had been cooking since he was 9 yrs old… he shows us how to make Italian Wedding Soup and Crescent Rolls from scratch!

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Ben Durante 
Regional Field Inspector

For the past 3 years I have been a Regional Field Inspector, inspecting and testing new residential homes to ensure that they are compliant with local, state, and federal energy efficiency requirements.  My wife, Kelly, is a Certified Massage Therapist, and has been practicing massage for 16 years. She is pretty great at it! Kelly has 2 kids, Aleshanee (14), and Patrick (12), both of whom are still figuring out their places in the world. I also have a son Leon (8) who lives in Germany with his mother. Kelly and I try to make one trip out there each year to visit him.

Q1 - What’s one tool in the kitchen you wish you had and why?

More cabinet space! I know this isn’t a tool, but with all of the tools that we already have, and all of the tools that I will continue to purchase as I need them, this is the one thing that there can never be enough of.

Q2 - What’s your biggest meal disaster?

My family loves grilled salmon, and I cook it probably 2 times a month starting in the early summer until winter every year. One time I was grilling an especially high quality filet, and left my grill for about 7 minutes which is typically not an issue as I have done that before while grilling salmon. I returned to the grill to witness flames coming out the sides, as the fat from the salmon had caused the grill to flame up quickly. By the time I had everything under control that salmon had been ruined and was inedible.

Q3 - What’s one thing you would like to learn how to make?

Not just learn, but I would love to perfect smoking all sorts of meats. Of course I need a smoker first, but that will hopefully be a purchase that is made soon. Kelly and I are both excited about it!

Q4 - If there was one dish you would teach your kid to make, what would it be?

If I could teach my kids to cook I wouldn’t have to do it as much! Though if I could start with teaching them something simple and easy it would have to be tuna casserole.

Q5 - What does it mean to you as a dad to cook for your family?

Making great food that spreads joy within my home. Be it a new recipe, or a family favorite, seeing the reactions of my family as they take their first bites is the best reward I can get!

 


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