I was born in Newport, Rhode Island and I was raised in a large family of 9 siblings. Meals were a time of laughter, sharing and getting everyone together. Through the years, the dining room table became the one place everyone would gather, and these are the times I remember the most. I have strived to always make my table a place my family, friends, and visitors love to be. (for a simple pie and coffee or a full-blown dinner) To do this, I have had to step out of my comfort zone and learn to have fun trying new recipes to make my table exciting and offer everyone a reason to come together. In my first book, I have shared my favorite recipes that will help you start to make your table the place everyone loves to gather at. No more begging or bribing the kids to come, (I smile as I say that!) make meals a memorable moment and soon you will be creating lasting memories of wonderful times shared while passing the mashed potatoes and gravy! These are the times I feel truly blessed.