Love365, day 42

Posted on February 11, 2015. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes |

I’m up early cooking.  Cooking has a very special meaning in this home.  It is a symbol of survival and love.

Jann’s father died of cancer when she was very young.  Her mother, a young widow, has to decide how she was going to raise two children alone.  Her clan is well known throughout the ancestral province for their cooks, so her mother felt her best chance was to open a canteen.  That blossomed into a very successful restaurant that put Jann and her brother through school and college.  

My paternal grandmother divorced her husband when my father was 3.  She moved from the South to NJ with 2 kids and her youngest sister. Mama Dear started cleaning homes, offices, and worked building bombs and other war related hardware at Ratitan Armory. My Aunt Ceil had 2 beauty parlors as well. However, she and my Aunt Ceil were widely known for 3D Catering.  They cooked not only within the Black community, but they were well regarded within the Jewish community.  They catered for the Hess family, Margaretten, Wilentz, Rosengarten, and many other high profile families.  Really, I did grow up on fried chicken and matzoh.

So food had a special reverence in this home.  Cooking is a statement of love not just from us, but from our ancestors.  The survivors.   The thrivers.  Our inspirations to be more tomorrow than we are right now.  Cooking is a legacy of love.


Jann’s mixed green salad with fresh parmigiana.


Cajun seasoned wild salmon


Filipino style mussels in coconut milk


Pancit bihon


Spicy sausage, kale, and potato soup



Sinigang na baboy (my specialty)


Eggplant parmigiana, homemade sauce




Brazilian moqueca…


Home grown organic ingredients


Yes, the chicken survived.
Hungry yet?


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