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Did I Really Want To Become A Professional Chef?? and other funny stuff..

Mar. 14, 2011 8:28 pm 
Updated: Mar. 15, 2011 3:23 am
It seems these past few weeks have been somewhat hectic to say the least. All of us here in our “Mixed up Family” have been at each other throats as usual waiting for some sort of “Spring-Like” weather. After Al’s Dad’s bout with Congestive Heart Failure, Al getting the flu and then slipping… MORE
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Jan. 22, 2011 7:17 am 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011 9:11 pm
For the past few weeks my guy has been working really hard and long hours remodeling a house in addition to his regular job as a teacher to Autistic children. This is to add to our savings to build our own dream home someday hopefully in the future on some beautiful land that we own in the… MORE
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Jan. 2, 2011 10:38 am 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2011 8:37 pm
Well, welcome 2011! I have to say that 2010 has been an interesting year. I became a member to this site exactly one year ago and finally found the courage to start writing a few months ago. Come to think of it, I found the courage to do a lot of things this past year. So now I will ramble! If MORE
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Nov. 27, 2010 9:13 pm 
Updated: Dec. 13, 2010 2:18 pm
A few weeks ago my fiance's sister announced that she was going to have Thanksgiving dinner at our lake house. "Wonderful"! crossed my mind several times. No cooking, no cleaning, (except for bringing a little something, helping out with dishes, etc. afterwards) since we have hosted… MORE
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Nov. 20, 2010 7:07 am 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2011 4:54 pm
The pot of spaghetti sauce is on the stove simmering this morning. I just couldn't bring myself to make it yesterday even though I wanted to so desperately. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my Mother Rose's death. I really don't think that her passing really hit me until I got home… MORE
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Nov. 14, 2010 9:18 pm 
Updated: Nov. 15, 2010 10:59 am
Well...Hello all! I have to say that this is tough to say the least. Number one..I have finally convinced myself that I needed to start a blog, and Number two...I really needed to eat that piece of Turtle Cheesecake that was sitting in the fridge without all of the daytime… MORE
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About Me
Well, what do I say about me? I live in beautiful Northeast PA with my wonderful fiance Al and our puppy Judy Rose. I am also the mother to a beautiful girl, Mary, who is 18 and is off at college (sniff). Growing up in an area rich in heritiage and ethnic traditions it has been really easy to become a seasoned cook. Being half Italian and half Polish, my fiance says he got the best of both worlds. I believe my love of cooking started when I was about 4 years old and soft boiled an egg for myself. (My Dad was so proud!)After that, you could always find me hanging out in the kitchen with my Mom, Gram or my Noni absorbing every little bit of cooking knowledge that I could. I have always wanted to become a professional chef, but life found a different path for me. I am a Veteran Service Officer (I'm thinking because I also wanted to join the Military but hence, my Father and Grandfather would have disowned me if I did), so I pretend to be a chef in the evenings and on the weekend.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking anything new and exciting (this I inherited from my Mother Rose), but my favorites are everything that I grew up with and have made me the cook that I am today...Homemade spaghetti sauce & meatballs, homemade ravioli and pastas, pierogi, piggies (stuffed cabbage), from scratch soups and stews, etc..
My favorite family cooking traditions
I miss alot of the traditions from when I was growing up, Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, and homemade sweet bread and fresh baked ham on Easter. Now, I have started some of my own, always Crab stuffed Tilapia on Christmas Eve, homemade apple(from our apple trees) and sausage stuffing for Thanksgiving, plus pumpkin cake because for some reason everyone hates pumkin pie, and it wouldn't be Sunday without pasta, and it wouldn't be Friday without pizza.
My cooking triumphs
I consider anything that I cook in which I can sit down eat and enjoy with my family and friends, a cooking triumph.
My cooking tragedies
No tragedies, just a lesson on how to do it different next time! Wait.. I will add the time I almost severed the tip of my finger with a hand blender..But, we don't talk about that anymore..
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