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About cookbravissima

Hello there! Thank you for visiting my page! =) ****BLOG UNDER CONSTRUCTION-PLEASE COME BACK SOON**** My name is Maria. I am a babysitter, Our Lady of Mercy graduate, 25 years old and a dietary consultant for 33 Definitions Health and Wellness Education. I started this blog with the intention to share my healthy food creations with the everyday person, like myself! I do not consider myself a Chef. I believe a Chef is someone who went to school for culinary and/or works in a restaurant kitchen. Me, I am not a Chef, just an average person who loves to cook healthy! I am currently majoring in Culinary Arts but I still do not consider myself a chef. In 2008, I was going through a really tough time, physically and emotionally. My depression and anxiety had such a strong grip on my mental/physical health it was taking control. I wasn’t treating myself right in every category; example, not eating all day then having one large meal at night, and it wasn’t a healthy meal. I also wasn’t working out anymore; I used to be such an avid rower, co-captain of my high school team. But I was depressed, I couldn’t drink, eat or sleep. I was dehydrated and eventually lead to my body basically breaking down on me. I lost 40 pounds in just a couple months; my body was forming a substitute carbohydrate which was making me dry heave, all due to not drinking and eating. I thought to myself, how the hell does one throw up from not eating? No idea, but that’s what my doctor told me. I should have been in the hospital hooked up to an IV. Anyway, after I was able to walk without feeling like passing out I scheduled to see a psychiatrist and vowed to treat my body better. I grew up in a house where my mother had a healthy homemade meal on the table every weekday, so I just followed that while doing my research on what exactly is “healthy” food because everyone has their own definition (which is perfectly fine). Being healthy is not a diet, it is a lifestyle! It includes both physical and mental self, which is why I say a diet makes no sense! Everyone has their own lifestyle and many people that eat healthy vow by eating a certain way while others may not agree. Well, I say they’re all wrong! It should be whatever one believes is healthy for them, inside and out but do your research first! If whatever you are doing keeps you healthy and happy, then you are doing something right! #EatFreshCookBravissima

“One of the smartest things you can do on ‘Chopped’ is to take one of those ingredients and make a pickle out of it, because almost every dish benefits from that. I’m feeling like those intuitions are becoming more natural.” – Ted Allen

Hey there – hope all is well! I’ve definitely been enjoying my summer and I hope you have too!  Wedding plans are coming along well.  The ceremony is going to be at St. Thomas More Church where Siena Catholic Academy … Continue reading

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“Strawberry swisha sweets with my aston flying, bumping, Slim Dunkin trying to live this life of mine.” – Rick Ross

Hey, everybody!  Long time, no see! I guess I haven’t had an entry since January!  Wow, has it really been that long?  There’s just been a lot of stupid, unnecessary sh-t going on and I haven’t been able to muster … Continue reading

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“Kevin McCallister: Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.” – from the movie Home Alone.

It’s been so long and my new years resolution is already broken… But don’t fret, I am here&healthy and have a delicious comfort food recipe – macaroni and cheese!  YES!  Who doesn’t love mac&cheese??  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t … Continue reading

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“Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

Hey there! It’s the new year.  My resolution?  To not get sick between now and November 2nd! I believe the most important thing to do to prevent from getting sick is not only to wash your hands a lot, but … Continue reading

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“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” – Harlan Miller, writer

Hi everyone!!! How was your Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or Kwanza? Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I hope it was wonderful! I had a great Christmas. My brother, Andrew came in from Michigan and spent a week home – … Continue reading

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“The squid has the most sophisticated skin in the invertebrate world, if not the whole world.” – Roger Hanlon

Hey there!  How have you been? I’m happy the semester is finally over!  My presentation went really well for my healthy cooking class, at least for me it did, Chef DiGaetano really liked my healthy version of creamy Caesar dressing!  … Continue reading

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“I have more healthy cravings than my normal eating habits, like I crave fruit and cold things like smoothies.” – Kourtney Kardashian

Hi everybody! I should be doing my recipe nutritional analysis for my healthy cooking class but I’ve already worked on it plenty this weekend and, well, I’m sick of it haha.  I have my baking lab practical tomorrow which I … Continue reading

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“There’s an oatmeal cookie in there. I see no reason for the existence of oatmeal, particularly in cookies.” – J.D. Robb, Divided in Death

HEYYYOO! I am soooo tired… I’ve been doing stupid things all day due to my lack of sleep; half the time I don’t know what I’m doing… I don’t really know why I am telling you this, and I probably … Continue reading

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“How big are muffins before we all join hands across America? Have you seen them? They’re huge. ‘Yeah, I’ll take a coffee and… Oh, my God! Yeah, I’ll have that beanbag chair with raisins.'” – Kevin James

Hey there! The commercial for 33 Definitions will be up on 13WHAM-TV website Monday, December 3rd and I can’t wait!  I’ll post it once it’s up =) I CANNOT believe that there are only two more weeks of classes left … Continue reading

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“Everything in moderation… including moderation.” – Julia Child

HellooooO there!!! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and took advantage of small business Saturday!  My brother, Andrew is in town (he lives in Michigan) and when he comes home, he always wants a homemade meal (besides the traditional … Continue reading

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