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How I fell in love with food

I’m Clarissa Cordero from Huntington Beach, CA, I am a mother of two and a proud grandmother of a sweet seven-year old name Damien.

My son Dakota & daughter Marti

My son Dakota & daughter Marti

Damien & I

Damien & I

 

I love to “Dish” when it comes to anything that is food related.

I enjoy being in the kitchen creating and cooking, as it has been my passion from the moment I was able to hold a spatula. I am completely self-taught and I have well over thirty years of experience cooking, baking, and grilling. I guess you can say I was a mama’s girl, and always followed my mom around the kitchen. It was about when I was around 11 or 12 when I started cooking dinner for our family of five to help out my mom, who unfortunately worked long hours on her feet all day.

My mom <3

My mom ❤

My early cooking started with the basics; semi homemade, seasoning packets, hamburger helper types of meals, and lots of canned foods. Today my cooking style is quite opposite. I would describe my cooking as rustic Italian and comfort food, along with being a master at handling the grill. I love grilling everything from a nice cut of brisket, to pineapple for my sorbet. And I enjoy grilling anytime of year, I’ve even grilled in 40 degrees and in the rain.

Although I never went to culinary school or took any classes other than standard “Home Economics” in Junior High/High School, i do consider myself as “self-taught” but, I am not a “Chef” nor do I feel comfortable with me being addressed as a “Chef”. I feel the title of “Chef” is one of a sacred title, for which I have not earned, as I’ve never gone to school or come up in ranks from working “on the line”

In the last ten to fifteen years I feel as a home cook I’ve grown stronger and have learned many techniques. I love to explore as many flavor profiles throughout the world.

I started this blog to share recipes, tips, and important information with like-minded people. I would love to teach those who have a genuine fear of cooking, yet they want to learn, and help guide them and bring their passion out. Cooking is rather easy, and shouldn’t feel like a chore.

Food is the one thing that really does bring people together, and warms the heart. I was fortunate enough to have inherited from my mom her photographic memory, she never wrote a single recipe down and over these last five years, as my daughter got married and wanted to learn more, I figure its time for me to put them on a site to share with others.

There are a lot of dishes that I learned from my mom, and over time I have put my own spin on them, but to keep these dishes passed down it’s important that I do document these for my kids, grandson.

 One never stops learning, and sharing with one another, it’s what keeps ideas fresh from one kitchen table to another.

Clarissa

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  1. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and liking several of my cookie recipe posts. Can’t wait to look through your blog!

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    • I am a novice at baking, and I got to admit your cookies and the style of layout just blows me away! I love it!

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      • Oh, I’m so glad it helps. I try to provide detailed directions because I wasn’t so fortunate when I was younger to have that kind of guidance and I work with a lot of younger women who want to cook but also haven’t been given much instruction.

        This is my way of helping another generation enjoy learning how to cook as well as taking risks with recipes and trying new twists on basic recipes.

        Please come back, and if you have questions or are looking for a certain type of recipe let me know. I may have it in my repertoire but just haven’t gotten around to posting it online yet.

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  2. Thanks so much for liking my Carl Jung post – much appreciated.

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  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog and the”Like’ of my post.

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  4. I enjoyed this biography of you. I think it is good to remind us of your passion and why you came to view food as something to help people commune in the kitchen together. I miss my house’s kitchen, my little apartment cannot compare but I do get to hang out in my son and daughter’s respective homes!

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  5. Thank you for liking my poetry and hope you enjoy the rest 🙂

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  6. Clarissa, thank you for liking my poem. I do enjoy your blog and your lovely exotic dishes.It is interesting to learn and try different cuisines as I have lived and visited various countries.

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  7. lol… 🙂 Gave you a shout out in my latest post. You are part of my rhyme. 🙂

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  8. Beautiful introduction! I enjoyed reading it. I`m glad you visited my blog so I could have discovered yours. 🙂 I love cooking and I see that you cook from your heart and that`s great! I can`t wait to look around on your blog for more of your tasteful dishes. Thanks a lot for the follow and you`re now also a follower richer. 🙂

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  9. Just started following your site, like the fact you said about being a chef and l totally agree as l have a resident chef, who has worked 30 plus years to earn the title! Having worked in restaurants, hotels, bakers and now care homes! She earned her spurs through hot kitchens and temperatures reaching 140 degrees ,mid summer! But she loves her job, and works to provide advice and guidance to people on good nutritious food. Nice site Clarissa look forward to sharing – Ace Food & Health News site is at http://acefoodnews.com/ it provides as much information and the truth about what the world is doing to our food and thus affecting our health! Regards Ian {Editor}

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  10. Clarissa, thanks a lot for liking my artworks. May you enjoy my other artworks 🙂

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  11. Hey, Clarissa! I just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the “I am a part of the WordPress family” award – find out more here: http://fightforthebite.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/award/

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  12. nice blog! I’m watching from Turkey.

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  13. Congratulations, Clarissa!

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/blog-of-the-year-2013-award-thanks-samantha-jill-and-russell/

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  14. CLARISSA—You are invited to my Winter…or Spring…Picnic and a SUNSHINE AWARD! Please come check my blog within the next few days for details (http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/)

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  15. Congratulations, Clarissa!

    I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/very-inspiring-blogger-award-thanks-amelia/

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  16. Hi Clarissa, Wanted to let you know that I quite like your culinary blog, and therefore I nominated you for the Sunshine award.
    http://wordsandroses.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/the-sunshine-award/

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  17. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I’m glad to have discovered yours as well. 🙂

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  18. always dig your blog,your creativity, your overall presentation, just like your food, you as well tend to glow and you got it together.

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  19. you are the truth always a bright light,much respect

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  20. Great blog Clarissa. Thank you so much for the follow. 😀
    cate b

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