Sunday, November 17, 2013

Welcome to my new blog page!!!  Grazie for joining me!  I am passionate about all things food, family, wine, travel and arts related and now I have a site to express those thoughts and feelings!  Thank you for following me on this journey!

Let's start from the beginning!  I am an only child who was raised by a wonderful woman, Coleene Frances, who while a great Mom, was not the best cook.  In fact, great cooking was not something I learned from my family but rather from cookbooks, tv, friends and a lot of trial and error!  My Mom worked a lot of hours to support us so I grew up on macaroni and cheese (yes, from that blue box!) and frozen tv dinners, which is why I detest them now and why that is the last thing you would ever see me making for my family!  I love expressing my love in many forms but I have to admit that one of my favorite ways is through food.  While born a male of Irish, English, and Scottish descent, I swear there is a 70 year old Italian woman inside me because family is the most important thing for me and, although I am married with two kids, I often cook as though I am feeding a family of 8!  And a smile instantly creeps upon my face when my family or guests asks for more!  While, I am not of Italian descent, I believe I must have been Italian in another life because I have always been drawn to the Italian lifestyle, food, fashion, and art!  I had the pleasure of celebrating my 20 year anniversary in Paris and Italy with my lovely wife of 20 years, Samantha last month, and felt like I had come home!  While I am drawn to all things Italian, cooking for me all began with the one and only Julia Child!

I was a latch key kid growing up and often found myself watching tv to keep myself company back in the late 70's. While most of my friends were outside playing or watching shows more geared to their age, what was I drawn to??....The French Chef!!!  I was instantly attracted to this larger than life woman who was passionate about all things food related!  I shared this excitement with my Mom and was thrilled when my Mom fed this new passion of mine by telling me I could pick one meal a week to make from her show!  Imagine my excitement!!  Shockingly, or maybe not so shocking for those that know me, my first challenge I accepted was her Christmas classic, Bouche de Noel (!!  It was this amazingly intricate yule log of chocolate and meringue which I thought was Ah-mazing and was beyond thrilled to recreate!  My Mom (and I!) were beyond impressed and I was immediately hooked on this new passion!  From there, I made many of Julia's creations and at this point I was probably 8 or 9 years old!  My love of cooking grew to the point where when my Mom had friends over for dinner, she would ask me to cook for them and I was more than happy to oblige!  I am forever grateful to these early experiences and for my Mom nuturing this early love of mine for it has blossomed into a full blown passion that I share with everyone I know and that I love introducing to my two gorgeous boys too!

While I will use this vehicle to express my views and experiences on travel, wine, family, laughter, and arts, you will quickly notice that most posts will be dominated by all things culinary!  Thank you again for checking me out and I hope you will be loyal followers and spread the word!

Peace, Blessings and Second helpings to you all!


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