About Mama

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I am Michelle, a 40-something  50% Italian wife, mother and grandmother with a passion to cook.I am a self-taught home cook who is always willing to try new recipes. I have a wonderful husband who enjoys all my cooking and four children who have survived my many experiments over the years. I come from the legacy of an Italian-American family who enjoyed gathering and eating homemade Italian food with multiple generations each week at the home of my immigrant Italian grandparents. I feel the dinner table is for more than just eating, and the kitchen is more than a showpiece of the home. The kitchen and the dinner table are where families bond over life experiences and day-to-day living. It’s where memories can be made, traditions followed or new ones begun.

family of kids 2013

I now have six grandchildren and hope to be able to pass on the legacy of my Italian heritage to them. One that includes learning how to cook the food of our ancestors, not just eating it. I think we are on a good start as all of my grandchildren love pasta and meatballs. Two of them can polish off a can of black olives in about three minutes flat! Considering they are young, I think that is pretty good. This blog is meant to be fun, a way to learn new things, encourage others to try new recipes and a legacy for my children and grandchildren.

Some of my other interests include reading books about or set in Italy, genealogy, and teaching others how to cook. Currently I work part-time as a barista making a variety of coffee drinks and more as well as a cooking instructor at several venues.  I also enjoy reviewing products and books which I feel might be beneficial to my readers. Please contact me via email if you would like for me to review your product, book, or recipe.

To contact me, email me at micie66 (@) yahoo dot com.

15 thoughts on “About Mama

  1. I noticed that you subscribed to my blog. I saw the title of your blog and geeked out! I’m also 50% Italian (my father was born there, actually). There’s just nothing like grandma’s cooking. I’m so freaking pumped to look through your site!!!

  2. Hi,
    I have been a Chef for over 40 years, I am 61 years old . I am Sicilian Italian, from Chicago retired and now live in Tallahassee FL. I love to cook and want to teach other people to learn this wonderfully world that I have lived in for over 40 years. I would like to help you in teaching classis on all types of cooking from A to Z Starting with basic cooking 101. I have all the time in the world now and would in joy working with you.
    Graduated from Chicago Culinary Institute Core don Blue in 1970
    Exertive Chef.
    Culinary teacher for 4 years at I.C.C. College IL , a one year coarse.
    Thanks,
    Al Cohen

    • Hi Al. I’m happy you found my blog. So tell me what it is you feel you can do for me. I would be happy to exchange recipes and stories. Do you have a blog? And would you let me know how you found mine? I’m always curious what brings new readers to my blog. Thanks for leaving a comment and your offer to help. I look forward to getting to know you.

  3. Hi Michelle. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comments! You are the second person I’ve met from Northeast Ohio – and nice to meet a fellow pasta lover! I’ve been reading through your blog and enjoying it! I’m glad you stopped by and it gave me a chance to read your posts! Have a great week! Cheryl

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