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Hi, just call me Mike! 

 

Have been cooking all my life it seems.  I'm the weird kid that, with Mom's help, made my sister an angelfood cake for her 16th birthday when I was just 14.  Tasty!

 

Mom was a teacher who came from a farming background, always canning something in the fall but never really caught on to ethnic cooking.  Sorry mom, but your Spaghetti and meatballs with some red stuff on the noodles, rinsed with cold water then served with the red stuff plopped in the middle of the white, cold noodles just didn't hack it.  Especially when I was in college and started dating an Italian girl that I wanted to bring over for dinner.  Did I say that she was from an Italian Restaurant family? After a few meals at their home, actually after the first meal at their house, I said to myself "So THIS is what pasta really tastes like!"

 

What do I do?  My oh my, can't serve her mom's spaghetti, I really liked her and wanted to make an impression, a positive one that is.  So, I put my big boy pants on and called her mother and swore her to secrecy but was able to pry her homemade spaghetti sauce and meat ball recipe out of her.  Also got recommendations on a better brand of pasta than what mom used.  My folks thought that I had gone off the deep end.  Long story short, the dinner was a success, she thought we ate Italian food almost exactly like her Mom's. 

 

Longer story short, we were happily married for almost 40 years, have 3 wonderful kids and 7 grandkids.  Unfortunately she was taken early by breast cancer 5 years ago.  We had many happy years of cooking together though. 

 

Looking forward to meeting and talking with you all.

 

Thanks,

 

Mike

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What a sweet story, Mike! You started with the recipe for a meal and ended up with a recipe for a memorable life. I'm sorry for your loss, but hope you enjoy wonderful memories with your kids and grandkids for many years.

 

I'm happy to welcome another home cook to our ranks. You'll find the professionals here are good about sharing what they know, which is a refreshing difference from other sites. I've been active here for 13 years and can attest to that fact! The members are the richest resource of Chef Talk. They're all ages, all levels of knowledge, from every area of the world. Looking for a little something different for dinner can mean you'll find a recipe for a homemade stew from, say, the Philippines, from another home cook. You just never know what you'll find here!

 

Have a look at the cooking articles, cookbook and equipment reviews, photo galleries and all the other great features here. Fortunately, we have a search tool to help you locate just what you're looking for without sifting through all 13+ years of content! 

 

We hope you'll visit often to add your spice to the mix here as well, and do that as often as you can. 

Welcome!

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Thanks Mezzaluna! 

 

I am in the process of setting up a food blog and have been doing a lot fo research and talking with various folks around the area.  Some restaurant owners, chefs, food vendors, and food growers.  I have not completely formalized the whole thing yet so it is very much a work in process.  Have joined the foodblogalliance.com and have been picking their brains and working with their fantastic resources in terms of preparing my website and all.  Wow, those folks have a "veritable plethora" of great information. 

 

Not really one for trying to re-invent things that already work.  Just tend to concentrate on getting them to work for me also.  Hey, a wheel is a wheel.  Just need to decide what type of wheel I need! 

 

There are such good questions asked here!  Appended to that are the wonderful answers. Also the fact that there is a general understanding, apparently, that there is not always 1 perfect answer for any given question.  Open minds are a great thing.

 

So, I will be here, mostly lurking, but ready to pop questions when I get stumped.  In my 40 years as an IT consultant, trainer, project manager etc, I learned that the only foolish question is the one that is NOT asked.  That sorta applies across the board in life.

 

Mike

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