January 2015 – A New Era

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 | 0 comments

I have not posted on here in ages. My mom died April 1, 2013 and I just lost my energy. It has taken me over a year to get reinspired and talk about the book and Alzheimer’s again. We have celebrated 2 Christmas’s without her and have started new traditions by spending Christmas in Vermont with my friend Rima and her son Afif. They used to come to our house for Christmas; now we are going to her house. We had a great time this past year. My dad turned 87 in Nov 2014 and he is learning to be a bachelor. He is spending the winter...

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Cookbook Review: Food and Fond Memories

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 | 2 comments

Check out the latest book review for Recipes to Remember at the Food and Fond Memories Blog. Check out this review by clicking on this link.

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Cookbook Review: Recipes to Remember

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Barbara’s Recipes to Remember has been reviewed in the cooking blog The Chocolate Bottle – Recipes and classes for people of all ages. Check out this review by clicking on this link.

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60 years of marital bliss?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 | 2 comments

For richer, for poorer, in good times and bad, in sickness and health, till death do us part- wow! My parents have lived the vow of marriage they made to each other 60 years ago. My mother is now having difficulty walking and is not recognizing people. Her decline is significant. Dad has hired help five days a week. He certainly is fulfilling his vows and taking care of her as this ugly disease takes over her brain. My heart is broken for both of them. It is so difficult. My one sister helps every night and weekend. My other sister shows up...

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Ft Lauderdale woman preserves memories lost to Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Apr 21, 2012 | 1 comment

Thursday April 19, WPLG, channel 10 in South Florida, aired my interview with my mom. We cooked together and ate together on the interview. My mom, at 85, looked so beautiful on TV! My dad looked great too and my friend Liam who photographed all the recipes gathered around the table to eat the food I prepared that were mom’s recipes. I cried when I saw the interview. It is so sad this has happened to her. I miss my old mom but hopefully this type of press will wake people up and help end this epidemic. A portion of net proceeds of the...

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Good Friday

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 | 0 comments

I remember growing up that Good Fridays were always very sacred. It was the last day of Lent and so a meatless meal was in order but preparation well on it’s way for Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday dinner. Pizza Rustica was made for Holy Saturday – a 7 layer meat infused pie that was baked in crust and Easter Sunday was always Leg of lamb. This Easter I am with friends in Aspen. Tonight I am making linguini with clams from my book Recipes to Remember. Tomorrow I won’t be making Pizza Rustica but Sunday Leg of lamb is on the...

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Mom turns 85 but can’t remember

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 | 0 comments

How sad that my mom has been lucky enough to live this long but can’t remember a thing. She doesn’t know how old she is or where she lives. She thinks I am her niece. She thinks my sister is her mother and my dad is her father. What good is it to live this long if your brain is dying? Every 69 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s. 5.4 million people have it and by 2025 6 million will. 1 out of 7 people. We need to stop this epidemic. A portion of my book sales will be used as a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association....

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Memories Made on Jet Blue and with WPLG interview

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 | 0 comments

After 3 months in Florida, my mom and dad flew back to NY. My sister flew down to bring them back. Apparently mom couldn’t get out of her seat so the pilot came to help her which she loved! At 84 she is still a huge flirt! WPLG came to my house before they left and interviewed her, myself, taped us cooking and eating together. It all seemed perfectly normal except for the part when my mother could not answer any of the interviewer’s questions. It was so sad to witness. I choked up when I was being interviewed.But my eggplant...

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Lost Cuisine

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 | 1 comment

How lucky I am that the recipes my mother prepared for my family are not lost. I feel such a sense of relief that I was able to finish my book while my mother and father are still alive and that I didn’t have to try figure out what ingredients went into them. In today’s Wall Street Journal, they published an article on lost cuisine and how cooks try to recreate family favorites. “Recipes to Remember” is included in the article. I must admit however, that when I or my sisters make any of my mother’s recipes, they...

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