My name is Kathy Downey-Metellus I am a wife and mother of three. I have been interested in food whether eating or cooking it since I can remember. My biggest influence was my mother. She was a working mother but managed to always have a meal on the table every evening. Meals that were in serving dishes on the table where the whole family sat down to dinner. Together. Every evening. She made big Sunday suppers that were started on saturday night and finished before church on Sunday morning. Her meals were interesting and memorable and most of all home-cooked. Growing up my siblings and I never ate fast food and my dad was always blessed with a hot meal before he left for work and when he returned home. Growing up this way made me want to insure that my children did also. Which is why in the middle of my career of working for a big corporation I decided to leave work and stay home with my children. It is a decision I never regret. I was able to be home for my children and find out what I really wanted to do. Before I left my “big corporation job” I enrolled in culinary school. I knew this was what I wanted to do when I was able to work full time at my job, attend school full time on Saturdays and Sundays and periodically work at restaurants in Manhattan sometimes until 1am returning to the suburbs well after 2am and I was still happy and energized. I’d now found my calling. I consider myself lucky because I had the chance to experience working for a living at a job that paid well and provided nicely for my family but didn’t make me feel alive and now working at a job(s) I love and allows me time to do what I love to do.
What I know for sure is that every day is a gift-be surprised and thankful for each one. I know that each day we are given lessons that we should learn. I know that we are here on earth to be kind to one another. All living things deserve respect. I know we should not ignore cultural differences but be curious enough to want to explore what makes us different in order to see what makes us the same. I know knowledge makes you blossom and ignorance hinders. I know I love life on the best days and even more on the worst days. I know a meal shared can bring neighbors and nations together. Mangia Come Pensi? Eat like you live. I am not full yet!