International menus, best breakfasts, fun parties, special holidays, and family favorites are a combination of wonderful meals I have created. Some of these recipes have been handed down from great grandparents and my current grandparents. I am so fortunate to have both sets of my grandparents, Mommom and Poppop, and Nana Goose and Eddie, here in town to celebrate all of these lovely and special occasions together. From a young age, my grandmother, Mommom, taught my sister and I how to cook. We started out making simple cakes and brownies, and then graduated into making full meals with sometimes complicated recipes. My favorites were making Florentine cookies and Montepulchiano pasta. Mommom always dressed me in a cute floral apron and encouraged me to have fun while cooking. Making a gigantic mess of the kitchen was my forte, but Mommom didn’t seem to mind. She would make cleaning up fun by singing songs and making a game out of it. Mommom and Poppop both love to cook and enjoy having us over for dinner. My family also loves to cook. My sister Alexa loves to make intricate, time consuming appetizers like wontons, while my brother, Stanton, enjoys baking anything sweet, which he generally hides in the warming drawer. In addition, my dad loves to cook lasagna and tarts and my mom cooks just about anything. I love cooking pasta dishes and enjoy experimenting with recipes to make them taste better.
This cookbook started out to be a Creative Writing assignment for Mr. Black’s class, but now it has become a major toll in my life. I have everyone in my family cooking daily. I have even started contracting friends outside the family to join in. I feel this cookbook has the best recipes sampled by family and friends. The meal planning and parties are taken from my past, in which I expanded upon. My creative family always went over-the-top on birthdays and celebrations, which helped me compile this book.
Tigger, my kitten, became a big part of my family and an inspiration for the poetry in this book under a section called “Tiggy’s Corner.” Tigger always came around the kitchen at meal time and loved to sit on the freshly set table cloth, hence the reason why he is in almost every picture. As much as it looks like we are feeding him cake batter and other unhealthy items for a kitten, we usually gave him a little taste of whip cream, his favorite. Although he loved an occasional piece of turkey or fish, he would steal it right off the counter. I have to even thank him for making cooking so much fun. Keeping him away from hot dishes and soups was a challenge, but he kept me on my toes.
I need to thank everyone in my family for turning our house upside down for this massive project. We have all been taste testing and cooking since February. We may have all put on a few pounds too, but we enjoyed every minute of it. I hope you enjoy this colorful cookbook as much as I enjoyed creating it.