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!


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!

Oooooh.... BARRACUDA!!!

By Donna Graffagnino
Feb 20, 2015
Going to a concert tonight at the Hard Rock in Biloxi, MS with my Cuz to see HEART!

I haven't seen them since I was 15 or 16 years old in City Park Stadium when they had those all-day concerts and many of the up-and-coming bands turned out to be big rock stars. It will sure bring back memories, and I've always loved their music. I guess I'll also have to get a concert Tee. I lost all of my old, holey ones that I had pre-Katrina so I don't have much of a collection anymore. (Of course, most of those old ones wouldn't fit over one arm any more...LOL!)

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Happy Mardi Gras!!!

Beer Makes You Smarter

A Really Good Look At Mardi Gras Through Feb 13

By Donna Graffagnino
Feb 14, 2015

The pictorial shows a lot of different parades that took place last night, including Selene - yes, I was there in 35 degree weather! Many of the articles about New Orleans are great info!