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Not winning hurts

Not winning hurts

I alluded to the fact I entered a contest to win a trip to Italy in a previous post. I am here to vent and say I was not chosen. I will not say I lost because that would imply I am a loser which I am not. There were many entries and I was … Continue reading

Some Days I Just Feel *Italian*

Some Days I Just Feel *Italian*

While I was shopping for dinner yesterday I realized the food I chose didn’t feel like “me”. It was too plain or bland or something. I walked myself right on over to the deli area and bought some Italian food. We went from tilapia, salad and peas to a huge platter of anti-pasti with soppressata, … Continue reading

My Roots Are Showing

My Roots Are Showing

I’m in the back row, far right, my dad is holding me and my blonde hair is showing. No, I don’t color my hair, I’m talking about my Italian roots. With yesterday being Thanksgiving, I made the traditional United States citizen meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pumpkin pie. It felt … Continue reading

My birthday and a bucket list

My birthday and a bucket list

Photo credit: eslblogcafe.com I know this is mainly a food blog but since I’m turning 46 on Monday, I thought it was high time I compose a bucket list. This will not be complete as I know I’ll think of more things here and there but it will be a start and I can add … Continue reading

Canning Tomato Sauce

Canning Tomato Sauce

  I have to admit to the fact that I have never canned tomatoes or anything until I tried making some marinated zucchini this year. It turned out so-so. I figured if I was ever going to get serious about canning tomatoes or sauce, I’d better go and learn from some experts and educate myself … Continue reading

Coming up for air…

Coming up for air…

It’s been a whirlwind of activity the last few weeks for me and there aren’t any signs of it slowing down soon. My oldest daughter is due any day now with her fifth baby which means I am on “call” to go there to watch the other grandchildren while she is in the hospital. I … Continue reading

The Teacher Goes to Class

The Teacher Goes to Class

Photo Credit: MeganBruce.com When I began this journey to learn traditional and authentic Italian cooking, I truly did not know where it would lead me. For the benefit of my new friends and readers, I will give you a quick timeline. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and creating new dishes for my family. I also came … Continue reading

Why do I teach cooking classes?

I’ve been asking myself this question since I’ve had a rash of classes over the past week. My simple answer is this- I love to cook and I love to teach others how to cook. I get so much joy from watching people learn they can make delicious foods in their own kitchen and it … Continue reading

The Art of Storytelling

I firmly believe storytelling is becoming a lost art. With so many factors causing families to be separated these days, the chief storytellers have no one to pass on their stories to. I find that even in my own life, my kids at home, who are of the teenage boy variety, don’t care to hear … Continue reading