Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Food, Family, Fun And Poker Winnings

Ed and I spent the entire weekend (and Monday!) at the annual family reunion of my step-father's family. We haven't been in four years and it was the first time anyone had seen our new truck. It was a HUGE hit! Everyone loved it, wanted to know where they could sign up to become truck drivers and were probably the liveliest crowd we've ever had. At one point, we had twelve people in it!

The best part of the reunion though, truly is seeing all the family. Some of these people I haven't seen for years and for many of them, this is the only time they do see each other. There is enough food to feed a small country and the selection is endless; eggplant parmigiana (the best I've ever had!), baked ziti, lasagna, meatballs, pasta salad, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, mexican rice, filet mignon, shrimp scampi, fresh rolls from the local bakery, coffee, tea, wine, water, sodas of every kind...all of the food is provided by my cousin Anthony, cooked in his restaurant, Pizza The Rock, located in Rock Hill, NY.

Then there is the desert table....carrot cake, chocolate cake, Italian cookies, fruit salad, brownies, blondies, cookies, my cousin Geralyn's coffee cake (recipe above - who she obviously got from someone else - email me if you want it in PDF form for printing) which is the best I've ever had anywhere on EARTH, cheesecake, cannoli's. Oh. My. God. We didn't stop eating for days.

Every morning there was breakfast also; bagels, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, more coffee cake, coffee, tea, etc. One thing that everyone takes away from the reunion is a few extra pounds.

Each evening ended with a Texas Hold 'Em poker game which Eddie came out of as the biggest winner of the weekend - yes, they play for real money! It was a great time and next year I will make sure to fit it into my schedule - there is no way I'm letting four years pass again without seeing my great, GREAT family.

Many thanks to Anthony, Dora, Geralyn and the rest of the crew for hosting such a great event. See you next year!

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