“Mama Carmela”

This is a vintage, 1945, wedding photograph of my lovely Mama Carmela–the inspiration behind “Once Upon a Spice.” Today would have been her 93rd birthday. My blog is dedicated to her and her passionate love of family and cooking. This strong, sweet, intelligent, loving, Italian woman ignited my culinary enthusiasm at the tender age of…

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“Christmas I Knew” by Ken Bayliss

If you have ever read, or seen the film of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales you have an idea of my early version of Christmas. Growing up forty miles from him, and thirty three years after him, things were not too dissimilar. The coal fire, glowing red and encouraged by my father for…

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The Day of Memories…

“Memorial Day” The day of Remembrance, Reflection & Relaxation. In tribute to those loved and lost. God Bless Our Armed Services, past, present and future. You are respected, remembered and loved. May you walk in safety love, honor and peace. Today, the Kitchen is Closed and will resume operations in the morning.

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