Feeding my love for cooking With many years of cooking for so many, and everyone around me, I was searching for more, still feeling empty. The realization came that I wanted and needed to feed more people, to fulfill myself. That’s how Bella’s Banquet was born.
This site evolved so I could share my love of cooking with as many people that I could reach. Create recipes I could share. The love of cooking is to share great food with the people around you. It’s a cooks way to love, gather, celebrate, make memories and to ENJOY!
If you follow your passion, you won’t work a day in your life. There were never truer words spoken. Long hours do not exist when you’re enjoying what you do.
Taste this, try this, do you like that, are what my family hears me say on a daily basis. Holidays are at my house. We are Italian so you know that means a lot of people and a banquet of really good food! Family reunions are also hosted here. Dinner parties happen all the time. I think I love it all because I have my own captive audience..lol
I am a Mom of two beautiful, wonderful girls. They have taught me so many life lessons, and have given me more then I could ever ask for. Without them I would never have felt, learned and loved like I have and do. My youngest just graduated from High School, and my oldest is going into her third year of college.
Besides cooking, the most passionate I am about anything, is my family.
I also have the good fortune to be married to my best friend. My Hubby is always there to root me on, calm me down, and make everything alright. He is always there for me. He would do anything to make me happy and he understands me. In his arms I am home.
My other passions include:
I love to decorate, transforming a room into someplace you love and your comfortable in, makes a house a home.
Reading a good book and allowing it to take you places while sitting in one place. Although, I don’t get a lot of time to read. Sitting by the fire with a cookbook is like a mini vacation for me, and my favorite pass time.
Gardening, well let’s just say the green houses in my area, know me by name. Flowers and vegetable gardens are a must, and I tend to go somewhat over board. Did you know there are Hydrangea vines, trees and bushes!
Traveling is something that, now my girls are getting older I do as much as possible. I want to see and experience everything I can. I love to visit different places, meet different people, try different foods and a variety of restaurants. So when I say the traveler that is what I’m referring to. I am not a adventuresome, adrenaline seeker! No mountain climbing, deep sea diving or jumping out of planes for me! My travel consists of appreciating the little things that make each destination unique. Don’t get me wrong, I love the BIG things also. We haven’t reach the world traveler statues (yet). But it’s something to look forward to.
Photography is something new; I recently have been trying to do. Well I can’t even call it photography, because the camera is set on auto. Amateur picture taking is more like it. Being that I started this blog, I think I should get better acquainted with my camera.
I also like to fiddle around with furniture. I like to paint, stain, refinish and transform pieces of furniture into something different or bring it back to life. I have a basement full with such items that will be something one day! When that day comes, my hubby will be very happy!