July 24, 2012 5:55 pm
This summer everyone and everything seems to be growing in the Garden State.
Congratulations to all of our ladies for branching out and taking on the next set of challenges as we all move into the next chapter of our lives.
My most important concern is and always has been my husband and my kids, which makes me no different from most housewives. Rich and I have always made sure to express to our children the importance of setting goals. We believe the best way to accomplish this is to lead by example. Through honest hard work they can achieve whatever they put their minds to, even if it means starting out very small and working your way up.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Gelotti’s and have a sampling of some of my new gelato creations. I didn’t need any fanfare or glitzy over-the-top signs or billboards to draw anyone’s attention. The desserts spoke for themselves. My feeling is that you give people your passion and your heart and wait for their response. This was a sampling of the type of desserts I like to make. They are small individual-sized portions with the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients. In this way you can indulge in a decadent treat without sacrificing flavor and still be able to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I’ve always felt that depriving yourself while dieting is a set up for failure. That’s why instead of cutting down fat or sugar content in a dessert, I believe that it’s the portion size that needs to be cut. You can be just as satiated with a burst of decadence in just two or three spoonfuls. I had made over 700 desserts for the sampling, and I was overjoyed that every dessert was gone by the end of the night. I did, however, manage to save some for the next day.
So even if I had signs made from construction paper, I also had something that’s much more valuable. I had the heart and soul of my life there supporting me and working hard to help me achieve my goals: my family. And that’s everything to me. Regardless of how much success you may achieve, to me it means nothing at all unless my family is there to share it along with me. That’s one sacrifice I will never make.
I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming response to my desserts. I have been working very hard to find a way for you all to taste them as well. Pretty soon they will be available to be delivered to your doorstep. So stay tuned! Dolci della Dea-Goddess Sweets by Kathy Wakile will be available soon.
Which brings me to what looks to be shaping up to be Cookiegate Part Deux! I went to Teresa’s book signing at the bakery because I wanted to let her know how proud I was of her by showing our support. However, as I’m enjoying and complimenting her cupcakes, she manages to slip in a dig. Teresa proceeds to tell me that a dessert cookbook will never be successful, because everyone is watching their weight these days. Kind of ironic don’t you think? Will someone please remind her that we are standing in a BAKERY! Even funnier is that she has the nerve to say I made a passive aggressive comment. LOL.
Anyway, as Teresa flips through the pages, I notice the pictures of cookie’s my mom often makes. My mother, her mother, as a matter of fact, probably a lot of Italian mothers. Who cares? She doesn’t even have a pizzelle recipe in that book, just a recipe using store bought! Isn’t it a family cookbook? Why so defensive? I know my mother and her mother are not sisters, which she made such a vivid point of in her blog last week. I never claimed that they were sisters. Again, who cares? None the less, they are family and family shares recipes all the time. Are we now going to start a war over a teaspoon of vanilla or 1/2 cup of sugar? Please, Teresa, get over it! Stop being so petty! But I guess that’s just how the cookie crumbles. No pun intended (or should I say no crumbs intended).
Hold onto whatever you need to, because California here we come!