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I've been thinking long and hard about this, and about what makes a suitable bribe to generate interest in getting people to donate to my Donor's Choose page. To be honest, while it'd be nice to see people fund projects on my page, even if they throw a few dollars somewhere else, I'd be happy. With that said however, I will offer something to "sweeten the pot" for people to donate through me.
But oh, I can certainly cook.
I learned young, watching my grandma, my aunt, and my mom cook. I would help prep and I would watch over the sauces. I knew I had become a man when my grandma or mom would ask me if the pasta was ready (al dente). So, as you could guess, I'm Italian. That means I know plenty of Italian recipes, and yes ... there are a few family secrets tucked away as well.
You see that? That's my cookbook. Yes, I have a number of store-bought cookbooks, but this is the one where I've written down my own recipes. Recipes that I've gotten from my family members, my grandma, my mom, my sister (who has been featured on television with one of her creations), or recipes I've stumbled across through friends, or in obscure cookbooks. A number are concoctions of my own invention. A lot are Italian in nature, but there are recipes I've picked up from trips to New Orleans or the time I spent in Oklahoma. It's a pretty diverse collection. It ranges from the "lots of ingredients, and significant prep time" to "comfort food prepared in 15 minutes or less".
So here is my bribe folks. For every donation, no matter how small, I will post two recipes. One will be a family gem (or an exquisite recipe I've picked from somewhere else), and one will be a favorite comfort food of mine. The comfort foods in particular will usually have an ingredient or two which has a special twist to it which has made it special to me.
Now, about those secret recipes. I have two recipes for cakes (both cheesecakes) which have been passed down for generations in my family. If I reach $250 I will post the first. If I reach $500 I will post the second. I usually wouldn't sell my family history, but for the children ... it seems like a fair trade. So people, pony up!
PS: For Jade's donation yesterday, I will try to get my first two recipes posted before the weekend is over. Thank you!
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Dude I'll kick in a jam out recipe for a jalapeno appetizer that I make, so make it happen folks.
Then I'll post my wedding soup recipe for you! I'll have to ask my grandma or mom for a seven layer cookie recipe. That's one I'm pretty sure I don't have, but it never hurts to have one on hand.
Yum! I'm always looking for new recipes to try out!
My first two recipes are loaded up into the system and will "go live" tomorrow. Stay tuned!