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ImageKatg
Feb 25, 2010 10:58 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
If somebody asked me who I thought the best cook in the world was, I’d have to say it was my Mom! She had a tiny little kitchen and didn’t have much to work with, but everything she cooked was so amazing! She was also a very patient soul and had no problem with me hanging around, messing things up and trying to help! Some of the recipes I post are my Moms, passed down from my Hungarian Grandmother and I still make them them exactly the same! My Mom has been gone now for many years, but she’s always on my mind when I’m cooking.. And as crazy as this might sound…there are times I hear a little (but stern) voice saying, “Kathy…did you just put a little too much salt in that?” Oooooops!

I was very fortunate to have grown up in a very ethnic neighborhood. My neighbors to my right were - Italian and Portuguese, and to the left - Polish and Ukranian, so you were always trying something new. I also worked in Italian restaurants from a very young age - This was probably one of the best life lessons I could have had. I also married a wonderful Italian who loved to eat!

I sincerely hope that some of the recipes posted on this cubit will bring back memories from years past. I also look forward to seeing yours. Photo's are very welcome as it can really enhance a recipe!

You’ll probably notice I’m not big on exact measurements or techniques, but I’ve try to get them as close as I can! I Love to cook! I don’t like to rush, but when I can take my time, I find it to be very therapeutic. I get great satisfaction putting a good meal on the table and hearing the odd unconscious hmmmm!

Cant wait to see some of your posts!

Kat



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ImageKatg
Feb 27, 2010 2:10 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Please post recipes on separate threads..
ImageDea
Feb 27, 2010 9:35 AM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
What a beautiful site you've created Kat - truly lovely Lovey dubby
ImageKatg
Feb 28, 2010 12:52 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Thank you so much Dea. It's nothing like yours and I just don't know how you keep up with it, but it is really great!
Imagejoeswife
Mar 3, 2010 12:53 AM CST
Name: Debra joeswife
Derby,Kansas
Zone6a
love your cubits, Kat, I wish I had the know how to do all the fancy stuff.. but mine is just geared to people in my state... guess no ones lives here LOL ..

Looking forward to some good recipes..
When I lived with my mother ( for about 4 important years)
she taught me how to grow, raise , kill and clean the food we ate. Now that sounds bad I know.. but on a farm in Kansas, back then, that is just what we did. Poor little wabbits.. but.. I sure learned alot about canning, cooking, cleaning, ironing, hanging sheets out in the icey wind, peeling peaches in the candle lite while waiting for the tornado.. you know.. the good life?
My hubby surprised me with some things last week, since I have been whining..
A huge beef heart, a nice whole beef toungue, and 4 packages of liver. I will be the only one eating these organ foods, and that is okay. I think it is nice my hubby got those from his work buddies,, they all live in the country and have their livestock butchered. I have already eaten a package of liver by myself.. He says I am all alone on the other things. Does anyone else cook beef toungue? It has been over 40 years for me.
Remember: You get what you give in Life,so be careful of what you are giving!
ImageKatg
Mar 3, 2010 1:32 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I can't believe you brought this up Debra. Just last night, we were sitting with some friends talking about the one of the most incredible "offal" meat dishes we had this summer in a Greek restaurant in Portland Maine. Rabbit Kidneys/Livers done diced and done is a wine garlic and herb sauce. It was so good and I crave it. Then we got on to talking about "Tongue" and how I haven't had it for years. My Mom used to just slow boil it with spices and garlic....oh and it was so good. One of our friends did an Ewwwwwwwwwww...but I told her she wouldn't even know what it was when it was all sliced and the skin removed.

My Mom would also make stuffed heart? It was tasty also. She would make a bread stuffing for it and just roast it. Ohhhhh...I'm getting hungry!
What a good Hubby you have! Lovey dubby I have a wonderful fellow like that too...when we were dating he brought me packs of ham-hocks and pigs tails! haha. Forget the flowers, bring me something good to cook!

And all those good days of canning and cooking, cleaning and plucking chickens, hanging out sheets in the cold and nearly getting your fingers and hair caught in the wringer washing machine! I loved those days! Those clothes would be semi-frozen when you brought them in and we would put them over the radiators (after putting the coal into the furnace) in the house to dry them out - That was better than any room deodorizer you'll ever buy!

Thanks for the memories and have a wonderful feast with those gifts from your thoughtful man!

Kat
Imagejoeswife
Mar 3, 2010 2:33 PM CST
Name: Debra joeswife
Derby,Kansas
Zone6a
OH! I will never forget getting my hands caught in the wringer LOL I am going to try your MOms' way of cooking the heart. we used to just slice it and bread it and cook with garlic and onions deep fried in the cast iron skillett.. I like the idea of stuffing and baking.. thanks!
Remember: You get what you give in Life,so be careful of what you are giving!
ImageBrinda
Mar 3, 2010 4:57 PM CST
Name: Brinda
Yukon, OK

Kat, I love your story about your Mom and the pic too. She is beautiful!
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ImageDea
Mar 3, 2010 5:01 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
Me too, it is one of those stories you just want to tell the world about. It's SO why Kat is the incredible cook/chef she is - it's all about Lovey dubby

You're amazing.
ImageKatg
Mar 5, 2010 1:23 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Thanks Guys! *Blush*
ImageDutchlady1
Mar 21, 2010 5:12 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Oh I am so glad I found this Cubit!!
Imageherbie43
Mar 25, 2010 4:51 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
kat - great site
Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagejoeswife
Mar 26, 2010 9:52 PM CST
Name: Debra joeswife
Derby,Kansas
Zone6a
Hey Kat, I turned the baked stuffed heart into a nice beef stew.. delicoius .. thanks for the idea of baking it!

Hubby came home with a dozen brown fresh farm eggs from his work buddy.. I turned them into a nice cheese souffle..
Remember: You get what you give in Life,so be careful of what you are giving!
ImageKatg
Mar 28, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Debra: Did you bake it before or just cut it up and use it in stew? Did Hubby try it?

Cheese Souffle???????? mmmmmmmm!

Post recipes...please! They don't have to have photo's!
Imagejoeswife
Mar 28, 2010 9:11 PM CST
Name: Debra joeswife
Derby,Kansas
Zone6a
baked it first, them took the left overs most tender pieces and cubed it up in the stew.. oh my .. tasted like the most tenderest fat free beef ever. Where do I post the cheese souflee recipe? Been making it for years, I had to learn how to make one better than his girlfriend before me.. LOL She only made a chocolate one. My recipe is from the Joy of Cooking cookbook, that my Grandma gave me 35 years ago..
Remember: You get what you give in Life,so be careful of what you are giving!
ImageKatg
Mar 28, 2010 9:34 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Oh Debra...Your cheese souflee is so much better than that old chocolate one! Hilarious!

How about posting it here...I even changed the name for you as Souflee doesn't fit into "baked goods".

http://cubits.org/katskitchen/forums/view/breadsandbakedgood...

I bet you that heart stew was absolutely fantastic! I was watching "Best thing I ever ate" on the food channel tonight. That is the best show! There was one restaurant serving "Offal" meats! Reminded me of your wonderful gift from Hubby!
Imagehelenethequeen
Mar 29, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Name: Helene Diener
West Coast of Fl.
need a place for vegetables or where to put the peas?
ImageKatg
Mar 29, 2010 9:07 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
How about side dishes?

http://cubits.org/katskitchen/forums/view/sidedishes/
Imageshirley
Mar 22, 2011 8:00 AM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Hey Kat. As for beef tongue, I used to just boil it seasoned to taste, put it in a blender and add some mayo and serve it as a great dip with chips. Have not done that in years. It would be gone in a few minutes with my brood. shirleyt
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ImageGardenGuyAZ
Mar 22, 2011 8:11 AM CST
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225
Sunset Zone 13
That sounds interesting Shirley, what did you season it with? My Mom had a dear Mexican lady that was her friend when we were children, and she would make cows tongue. I can't remember how she made it, it's been so long ago, but it sure was good!!

Alan
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller

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