“Throwback Thursday” starring Daria!

Monica (mom) says:

I know….”Throwback Thursday” is a Facebook thing, but I had to post these pictures!

Since Daria and I met Emeril Lagasse’s daughters this past April at a conference in Florida, I have been looking for these two pictures. I knew they were in my photo cubby but I just had to put my hands on them….then I had to scan them.

And viola!

A step back into time!

These pictures show a young seventh grade girl who begged her mom (me) to let her skip a half day of school to go meet her cooking idol. Since I am a retired educator myself, this was a big decision for me and her father. At first I didn’t think it was such a good idea…..but then reconsidered when we took into account her being an excellent student, and come on….when would Emeril ever come this close to our town again?

So we surprised her by picking her up at school and drove the half-hour to the Barnes and Noble where the book signing was to take place.

Wow! It was so crowded for a fall afternoon and the bookstore had set up a waiting line similar to those you stand in (for hours) at amusement parks. The excitement was palpable! Everyone was smiling and yelling “Bam!” here and there!

The first hour passed quickly….not so much the next four and a half!!

Yes! A total of 5 ½ hours in line to see Emeril Lagasse!

But you know what?

I would do it again!

What a memory for Daria and me! Emeril was her absolute favorite celebrity and it was like she was going to see a rock star! She actually was….a rock star of the cooking world!

Daria and Emeril 1

As we finally approached him to get her cookbook signed, she slipped a handwritten note to his assistant. She told me that she had expressed how much she liked watching him on television and that she hoped to become a cook/baker someday.

Daria and Emeril 2

How adorable was she? (Adorable…just as she is now!)

Move forward from 1999 to the present…. she is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and is pursuing her pastry dreams….and while her dad and I are proud of her accomplishments in the baking world, it pales in comparison to the pride we have in her as a kind and loving person!

This one’s for you, Daria!

Enjoy!  xos

© 2014, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

Daria meets the Lagasse girls!

Daria (daughter) says:

Enjoying another beautiful day! While on my way to work, I called my mom, like always, to check in and see how her day was going=) We were, of course, discussing what to do next for our blog & chatting about how much fun this is going to be!!

Work was pretty hectic since we switched to a spring menu & are starting to order our ingredients to be able to prep for Mother’s Day next week. I received an AMAZING text from my mom while taking a quick break! It read:

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Pretty speechless…that was about all I could get/type out! Lol

I had the biggest smile on my face for the remainder of the night! I couldn’t wait to get home to tell my husband! (At least try to wait up for him when he got home in the wee hours of the morning from his job=/ )

When I was in 7th grade, I had BEGGED my parents to come pick me up from school early one day to be able to go to our local Barnes & Noble to a book signing where Chef Emeril Lagasse would be! We had waited in line for 5 1/2 hours to meet him for just a moment to sign my cookbook….one of the best moments of my life thus far at that point!

Now, at 26 years old, how amazing it was to be able to meet his two gorgeous daughters in person at the Gluten-Free Living Conference & talk to them just like any other friends! They were so amazing & got to take the time to spend a few hours at a book signing the day after they gave their presentation together. Of course, I had to buy their book & stood in line to get their signatures to add to my cookbook collection=) This time around, I only waited a very short time in line! Lol =) They had such great advice & were inquisitive about our personal journey with gluten-free life & wished us luck along our way! It made us feel so wonderful=)


I know my mom & I will continue to work hard to keep this going! We greatly appreciate all the help from fellow bloggers & presenters we met at the Gluten-Free Living Conference!

You all inspire us every day to help others to be able to enjoy eating despite being gluten-free. We hope to be able to make a difference like you all have for us=)

Have a wonderful day, always ❤

© 2014, Daria of glutenfreedoubletalk