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I am a clinical psychologist, mother of two almost grown children and descend from a long line of wonderful cooks on my mother's side of the family. One of my ten aunts on the italian side of my family is Marie, a prolific contributor to recipezaar, and her cooking puts mine to shame! Nonetheless, I want to share the recipes I enjoy and post them for others to try as well. I am an avid reader of cooking articles, books and magazines, so many of my recipes have origins in Cook's Illustrated or other notable sources. Others are things I have made from my own exposure to the wonderful italian cooking in my family or the cooking of friends in college, grad school and other venues of my life.