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Taste of Home - - GATHER - DEB­BIE’S BLOG: the­culi­narycel­lar.com KRISTINA’S SITE: kristi­na­vanni.com

Deb­bie has al­ways en­joyed re­quest­ing recipes from those around her and shar­ing them with any­one who asked. “I’ve been col­lect­ing recipes since I was 12, get­ting them from fam­ily mem­bers, the cafe­te­ria ladies, my friends’ moms and any­one else will­ing to share.”

While she can’t name just one fa­vorite cook­book (“I love them all,” she says), it could end up be­ing her daugh­ter Kristina’s up­com­ing cook­book de­voted to Fin­nish cui­sine. “Our love of cook­ing is like a fam­ily legacy,” she says. Deb­bie’s mom, grand­mother and great-aunt reg­u­larly en­tered cook­ing con­tests. Now she and her daugh­ters carry on the tra­di­tion.

Fewer than 100 cook­books from Deb­bie’s orig­i­nal col­lec­tion of 4,000 made it back to the book­shelves.

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