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My name is Celeste and I would like to welcome you to Cooking Creation!

A little about me:  I married my best friend and soul-mate, John, on Valentines Day.  We have a 9-year-old daughter, Madelyn.  She's the sweetest girl in the world.  I refer to her quite frequently on the blog as "my little sous chef."  She is an aspiring artist and loves to play piano, play violin, and sing.  I am blessed to be able to work out of home in the greater Philadelphia area as a medical transcriptionist, and I absolutely love my job.  God has blessed our family richly, and we are grateful for every breath we have been afforded.  


Besides cooking, some of my favorite things are laughing with my husband (he's pretty hilarious), getting to be the mama of the best kid in the world (no, really - she's the best), taking way too many photos, harmonizing to literally every song I hear, getting dirty in the garden, hitting the trail with my bike alongside my husband, trying not to hit tennis balls out of the court, bumming on the beach, occasionally roughing it out in a tent with my family, and sleeping in on Saturdays (that counts as a hobby, right?).  Update:  Okay, sleeping in just doesn't happen anymore.  

A little about my cooking:  When I was first married, I literally did not know how to take a can of vegetables and heat them up in a microwave or on the stove. Pretty sad, right?!  My mother-in-law was a housewife for my husband's entire childhood, and they sat down each night for dinner as a family.  I'll never forget the first time I heard, "What's for dinner?" after I was married.  It was an innocent question, but it sent me into quite the panic.  Once I got the hang of things in the kitchen, cooking turned into an obsession.  I have had my share of cooking successes and a few pretty hilarious failures along the way.  We live a busy life, but we make it a priority to sit down together as a family for dinner every night.  



How this blog came to be:  I had a personal blog about my family for a few years.  From time to time, I would post photos and recipes that I had tried along with my thoughts on them.  One day, I was searching online for a chicken piccata recipe and stumbled across someone's food blog.  I became so excited at the thought about blog dedicated to nothing but food that I started one that very same day, and it has continued to be my passion ever since!  

Confessions (well, the ones I'm ready to admit):  Okay, so we do sit down together as a family for dinner every night... but there's a little bit more to it.  About once or twice a week, I force my family to eat the first half of their dinner without me... with all of the lights out.  Why?  So I can photograph what we're eating in natural light by a large window, of course!  Sometimes, my little sous chef will bat her eyes and coerce me into coming back to the dinner table before I get "the shot".  Yeah.  Cooking Creation doesn't hold a candle to those beautiful brown eyes.  #bloganotherday




Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions, comments or just to say "hi"!




FAQ

Q:  What kind of camera do you use? 
A:  I use a Nikon Coolpix P7700.  No, I haven't spent thousands of dollars on a camera... yet.  

Q:  Have you ever taken any cooking classes?
A:  In the beginning of 2011, my mother surprised me with a one-day cooking class with Chef Pagliaro.  That has been my one-and-only class.  I am as self-taught as you can get when it comes to my cooking (Food.com and Google were my best friends in the beginning).  Because I'm not a professionally trained cook, my recipes may or may not be technically or authentically "correct"... but I certainly try my best!

Q:  Have you ever taken any photography courses?
A:  I wish!  If you go back to some of my older recipes, you'll see that the quality of the photos is very poor.  Even now, four years later, I still have a lot of room for improvement.  A lot.  I've actually been tempted a few times to delete my older posts because of the poor photo quality; however, I think it's important to be reminded of where I got started and how far I've come. 

Q:  May I use your recipes and/or photos on my own blog/website?
A:  I would be honored for you to use my recipes and photos; however, I do ask that you please give Cooking Creation the credit as well as include a link back to my blog

If you should have any other questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email at Mail@cookingcreation.com.