Traditional Foods & Customs You Grew Up With

Hosted by Donna Graffagnino
Group active since Wed, Jan 08, 2014

Share your stories of family, faith, history, and local traditions that define you. Add your favorite recipes from your childhood, those that have been handed down for generations, and those that you've later adopted as your own.

Every region, every culture, every family has its own way of cooking, storytelling, living, and holiday traditions. This is who WE are - a true melting pot of unique and very special people, recipes, and customs.

This group is open to talk about anything you want, the floor is yours!

Enjoy!, C'est ci bon, Bon Appétit!, Buon appetito!, Guten Appetit! Mahlzeit!, Gow dty vee dty fondagh!, be'te-avon, Smaklig måltid!, ¡Buen provecho!, Prijatnovo appetita!, Ith gu leòir!, Vel bekomme!, Bonum appetitionem!, jal meokkesseumnida, douzo meshiagare, Smakelijk!, Mwynhewch eich bwyd!, Velbekomme!, bil hana wish shifa'!, besseha, Smaaklike ete! Lekker eet!, Thokoleza ukudla!


By Donna Graffagnino
4 Hours Ago
Going to see Magic Mike XXL Frday with a bunch of crazy women. We've got our advanced tickets, gonna meet up for a cocktail or two and have a night of fun. We did this with the first Magic Mike and had a blast! I Can't Wait!!!

Hey Y'all

By Donna Graffagnino
Jun 10, 2015
I've been gone a while - I've missed all of you but I'm coming back. It may be slowly, but I'm going to be here more often. I've been trying to catch up on a lot of posts in between working on my pitiful garden and spending time with family. I hope all of you have been doing well and are having success with your gardens, if you've planted any.

Hope to hear from you all soon!


A Little Taste of the French Quarter Fest

By Donna Graffagnino
Apr 15, 2015
Stuff like this can be seen on almost a daily basis in the New Orleans French Quarter. There's no place like it on earth! Hope y'all enjoy!


By Sharon Colyer
Apr 1, 2015
I received a message from Donna, & she would like you all to know, that she has been sick with a sinus infection, so has been convalescing. Also, her friend Janie, that she had been cooking for, for several months has passed away, as well as the husband of a couple that they are friends with, & a young man that is a cousin of her's. So, these are some sad times for her, & as she works through her grief, she will slowly start to come on-site to visit. She loves all of her friends on JAP very much & misses all of you!


Gearing Up For the St. Patrick's Day Parade!

By Donna Graffagnino
Mar 9, 2015
It's that time of year again and our parade is this coming Sunday, March 15th. We had a work day last Saturday to work on our float, a makeup class to learn how we're going to apply our very cool makeup this year and also discussed our costumes. Once again it's going to be awesome. Nearly every year we roll we've won first place in one of the categories, either best float or Chairman's Choice. Hoping to snag that award again this year, but most of all we're looking forward to a sunny day and lots of fun!!!

I hope all of you have a wonderful St. Paddy's day. If you participate in a parade or attend one, please share your pictures! I'll be posting some of mine next week.

Erin Go Bragh! Sláinte!

It's Been A Scary 3 Days

By Donna Graffagnino
Feb 28, 2015
I haven't been on the site very much lately because my husband was admitted to the hospital Tuesday. He was having strange chest pains, and though he's never had any heart problems before it was enough to scare him. When he arrived his BP was 289/134 and after a second check, which was still drastically high, they whisked him into an exam room and there were 8 people hooking him up to all kinds of wires and machines.

After 3 days of every kind of test possible we got the good news that his heart is fine. His echocardiogram looked good, his ultrasound of his bladder and kidneys looked good (he has stones but we already knew that), the nuclear scan and stress test were negative, his overall blood work was good and they didn't see any blockage to be concerned with. It seems like the blood pressure was most likely the cause of the pain, but at least his heart is fine. He has diabetes which he tries to keep under control but we also found out that his sugar level is a bit higher than it should be and he's bordering on Stage 4 Kidney Disease, which is scaring me to death. We had no idea that his kidney functions were so impaired!

His doctor cleared an appointment to see him Monday to go over his medications and test results. He was just recently put on a new BP medication so I'm hoping the doctor will change it, and also make changes to his insulin intake. He is scheduled to see a kidney specialist in two weeks - hopefully we'll know more about what can be done to prevent further damage.

It's been a roller-coaster this week but things are getting back to normal. I'll be looking for alternate ways of cooking his faves that are good for his kidneys and to help him lose weight. It's something we'll both have to be much more conscious of and he knows that I'm going to be very strict on him, but he doesn't have a choice. He's going to drop 30 pounds if I have to feed him only broiled chicken, steamed broccoli and water. I don't want to see him have to go on dialysis or the transplant list!

Mardi Gras May Be Over, But...

By Donna Graffagnino
Feb 23, 2015
It's still Parade Season Here and in many other areas around the country!

The Italian/Irish Parade and / or St. Patrick's Day Parade is soon coming up and I'll be riding once again in the parade. I don't know where our theme came from this year but us girls are gonna be Space Aliens (Sexy, of course) - I'll be posting pictures after the parade. We're meeting soon to work out our makeup strategy, full of amazing ideas, glitter and jewels. I can't wait!

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

By David Kuhlmann
Feb 22, 2015
Nothing is more traditional than Red Beans and Rice for anyone from the Deep South than Red Beans and Rice!

Hope you enjoy my version of it!

Many more recipes to come.

David's Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Bon Appetite!