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Cooking: My First True Love 
May 23, 2013 7:11 am 
Updated: May 26, 2013 10:28 am

My love of cooking started at a very young age. If it’s even possible, I like to think that I was born with it. From as far back as I can remember, I was always at my mother’s feet, watching what she was doing, or helping my dad make one of his ‘famous’ soups. I was one of the lucky ones…I came from a family that LOVED to cook (and eat)! I guess it just rubbed off on me. Too bad it didn't do the same for my sister, lol. Everyday, I knew that we would be having a wonderful home cooked meal, that was made with a little something extra that came from the heart. Even when times were tight, my mom always made sure we had something good to eat. As I got older, my interest in cooking just grew and grew. I couldn’t wait to ’grow up’, get married, have children and share my love with them. I would dream about it! I am happy and proud to say that I am passing off my love of cooking to my son. He's 6 and loves helping me in the kitchen. He is even ’creating’ his own recipes. I am encouraging him to keep that love alive, and hope my girls’ do the same as they get older. My aunt often jokes that she has never met anyone who could go grocery shopping for hours and love every minute of it, like my mom and I do, but it is something that we both truely do enjoy. This recipe for rice balls, that I’m sharing, is one of my very first creations. The first time I tasted a rice ball, I was instantly intrigued, and knew that I had to try and make them myself. My early attempts were good, but there was always room for improvement. Through the years, I was able to tweak the recipe here and there until I got exactly what I wanted. Everyone goes crazy for these. I like to make them ahead and freeze them, that way when we have a craving or unexpected guests, I can just pop them in the oven. The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily change up the cheeses to create different flavors. Since Sargento has such a huge variety of cheeses, you could omit the chunk of mozzarella in the middle (or if you are a cheese lover like me, just keep it), and add any flavor of shredded cheese right to the rice mixture (I suggest about 1 cup). I have tried them with the Shredded 6 Cheese Italian, and they were amazing, so feel free to go crazy and make them you own. From the traditional Shredded Mozzarella, to the Shredded 4 Cheese Pizza, or even the Shredded 4 State Cheddar, the possibilities are endless…ENJOY!

Here is a link to the recipe for anyone interested and trust me, you will NOT be disappointed:<

Also, here's a link to the Sargento Cookbook. Check it out!:

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May 23, 2013 8:10 am
Pass me one of those please! Those look really good!
May 23, 2013 9:16 am
Move over Cat I am about to sit my fat rump right next to you and start digging in.
May 23, 2013 12:13 pm
Gonna be crowed cause I would like one also.
May 23, 2013 2:29 pm
Hahaha!!!! C'mon over girls, I will make plenty for all of us!
May 25, 2013 6:31 am
I really want one of those! They look so yummy!
May 25, 2013 10:20 am
watch what you say Christina I live like 6 hrs away and I make that trip 2 times a year. Well I did now I don't have to because mom is here with me and not in MI any more.
May 26, 2013 10:28 am
Thanks, Rae! Anytime Joey Joan! :)
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About Me
Hi Everyone! My name is Christina and I live in Pittsburgh (born and raised here) with my husband, Jim (we have been married for 11 years), my son Gabriel (he is 7), and our twin baby girls born June 22, 2011, Abby and Ally. I love cooking and sharing recipes and have a pretty extensive cookbook/recipe collection. I think my love of cooking comes from my mom and dad. We are definately a family that loves to cook (AND EAT!). I also enjoy watching hockey, LET'S GO PENS!, walking, crocheting and doing crafts. I am looking forward to meeting alot of new people here, and sharing tips and ideas.
My favorite things to cook
EVERYTHING! I love trying new things and we are not a picky family, so anything goes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Just cook with love and patience. I am 1/2 Italian and 1/2 Lebanese, so we have tons of family traditions.
My cooking triumphs
When I was maybe 12 years old, I had a dinner party for some close neighbors and I made stuffed shrimp, homemade gnocchi with sauce, salad, homemade croissants and creme caramel for dessert. I was so proud of myself. When I cook and I can see the look of enjoyment on the people I am servings faces, that is a triumph all in itself.
My cooking tragedies
None that I can recall, LOL!
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