Meet Cheryl

Hi. Thanks for checking out my new blog!  My name is Cheryl.  I am a thirty-one year old special education teacher. I am VERY short;  4’10 and 3/4 ” short.  I am a single mother of a 13 year old son, Rylan  James.  I have a Siberian cat, Piper.  She’s so special because she’s hypoallergenic.  My son is extremely allergic to cats but she can sleep right in his bed with him and he seriously does not have any kind of allergic reaction!

Me!

I love food.  I think about food ALL the time and my passion is trying out new recipes.  As a little girl,  I would collect recipes from my mom’s old magazines and cook books.  I received my first cook book from my Nana Vee when I was nine years old.  It was called My First Cookbook: A Bialosky & Friends Book by Reyna Coyle.  The first recipe I made was vanilla wafers. I loved the feeling of making those cookies all by my nine-year old self and watching my parents and sisters and brothers (I am one of five) devour them up and actually enjoy them.  My cousin and best friend Shannon would use that cookbook all the time  and always make a dessert for our extended family gatherings.  We had a competitive spirit and secretly hoped that our dessert would be the best received, hoping to out beat out aunts’ sweets.

My love for food continued to grow as I grew older, but not taller!    During high school, my neighbor Denise and I would pretend we were hosting our own T.V. cooking show and videotape it.  I don’t know what ever happened to those video tapes; I’m sure they would be embarrassing to watch but it sure would be funny to see now.   The funniest incident during our wannabe cooking shows was when we were making Snickerdoodle cookies and Denise got her hair stuck in the mixer.  It wasn’t funny at that particular moment; we both panicked, but now we can laugh about it!

I took Chef’s Workshop 1 and 2 in high school.  I had an incredible teacher, Mrs. Wright and she furthered my love for cooking.  We made some pretty sophisticated dishes back then for high-school juniors and seniors.  Fried plantains ( I don’t know why but I actually have not made another plantain dish since then), stuffing from scratch with sage and sausage, amazing apple pies.  I’ll never forget our field trip to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  The restaurant we ate at was incredible.  I’d like to go back someday for lunch.  Even though I have loved cooking since a small child,  I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and not a chef.  I love cooking as a hobby and a career in the culinary arts was not for me.

You won’t find any gourmet recipes on here.  I’m all about delicious, family-friendly recipes that don’t take forever to make.  I decided to make this blog because I am obsessed with with trying out new recipes.  I love to write so I decided to combine the two and start a recipe and food blog.  In fact, one of my life goals is to have one of my children’s books published.  I am in the process of  submitting a manuscript now.  I sent out two others about three years ago and as any aspiring or published author knows, you get a ton of rejections.  I decided to take some time off  but have just gotten back into it. Four of my children’s books are about, what else, food!!!

I have been doing Weight Watchers Points Plus since mid-January of 2013. I usually eat a low-point breakfast, a low-point lunch, and a low-point snack during the day and splurge at dinner time, using the remainder of my points.  I don’t typically make Weight Watchers recipes.  I usually just calculate the points in the recipe so I will try to post the points values in all of my recipes on here.  In addition, my blog will also feature new food products that  I love and kitchen decor.   I hope my blog will inspire you to get in the kitchen and try delicious food!

Please contact me at cheryl@gastronomefromhome.com

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This is my first cookbook I was telling you about.

This is my first cookbook I was telling you about.

This was my first Siberian, Sadie.

This was my first Siberian, Sadie.

Another picture of Sadie

Another picture of Sadie

My current Siberian, Piper

My current Siberian, Piper

 

 

 

 

 

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