Leslie H. Montanile of H. Montanile’s
My love affair with cooking like most things in my life began with my mother. Ever since I can remember she instilled in me the belief that I could accomplish whatever I wanted to. Her unconditional love and unwavering confidence in my abilities inspired me first; to become a lawyer – passionate about the clients I represented and the new lives I helped them create. Second, my mother recognized my passion for cooking and entertaining, while she herself did not cook, she always wondered if I had chosen the wrong career path. I assured her that was not the case – as cooking was a source of peace and comfort for me that I loved sharing with my family and friends. Creating meals out of whatever was in my kitchen and bringing a yummy feast to those at my table.
While practicing law also brought me great satisfaction – after 22 years and my mother’s passing – it was time for a change – I found myself chatting with small groups of women that I knew over meals I had prepared. Offering inspirational ideas and comforting advice all based on my very real experiences and knowledge as a divorce lawyer combined with being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend. Although, I was not “practicing law” I was counseling in a very different way and making a positive difference in the lives of the women I knew and came to know. Through cooking, I connected with people in a different way – creating healthy delicious meals for my family and friends was simply the passion that pushed me to pursue another path that brought me here. Today I want to welcome you to my kitchen where I will share with you more than just my recipes.