By Chef Joy

 My name is Chef Joy, I reside in Compton, California. I learned my passion for cooking early in my life. My beautiful Mother Ada has been a Cafeteria Manager, for LAUSD for over 25years. I was on a track system so, sometimes while i was out of school on vacation she had to work, so lucky me i got to assist her in the Cafeteria. Something about working that Line really got me excited. As, a matter of fact til this day it still does!!!

  When i was a little girl, I was a picky eater. I hated vegetables as most kids do, but, loved ketchup. My mom was one of those you mom's that didn't allow you to waste food, and you had to have at least a little bite of everything she cooked for dinner. So for me that meant ketchup on everything from spinach, pea, carrots, and everything in between especially lima beans. Gross right, LOL.
  My appetite didn't expand until I was pregnant with my daughter Jaida. It was so sudden. I worked at a music store at the time (V.I.P. Music), which was next door to a Mexican food restaurant. Literally 2 weeks before I found out I was pregnant I saw Cerviche, and refused to try it. But, after my preggo cravings kicked in guess what I wanted? Cerviche...LOL. My daughter taught me so much through cravings, I have been willing to try anything once every since.
  I let you in just to let you know that trying new food is part of living a fulfilled life. You just might be afraid of you favorite food and not have a clue. I refused sushi once, and now i can't go a few weeks without it now. Expand your palate it's the best way to reward yourself, there's more to life than you average meal rotation.
Succulent Succatash
1/2 diced onion
1tbl diced garlic
1pk Italian Sausages, remove casing  
1Pk Frozen Sliced Okra
1pk Frozen Corn
1 can of Diced Tomatoes w/ Italian seasoning
1tbl spoon Italian herb Seasoning 
1tsp spoon Garlic powder 
1tbl spoon of Olive Oil
Salt &pepper season to taste
1. Heat oil in pan on Medium heat, Saute onions until they are tender.
2. Add garlic, stir until it becomes aromatic
3. Add Italian Sausages, cook until brown
4. Add okra, tomatoes, corn, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.Let it cook covered for 15 minute
           5. Season to taste & enjoy 

 By Chef Michelle

8oz cream cheese

soft 12oz unsalted butter

soft 3 cups white sugar

6 large eggs

3 cups all purpose flour, sifted

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp. Lemon extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan. Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs two at a time beating well with each addition. Add flour all at once and mix in.. Add vanilla. Pour into a 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check for doneness at 1 hour.  A toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the cake will come out clean.

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