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    Welcome!  My name is Linda and I live in

sunny, South Florida…Once Again!!








My Passion for Food!

It’s the creativeness; the visual appeal, the smell, the taste, the ambiance…from prepping to presenting.    I simple adore the pleasures of food!  I am constantly inspired by foods I see and taste to recreate and make the dish my own.  I am wholeheartedly wellness conscious so you will find my dishes to include seasonally fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains, healthy sweeteners, organic dairy and lean proteins.

Ahh..but then there’s dessert…I love fruit based, real cream, real butter, real chocolate ingredients.  Italian cookies my mother baked, decadent cheesecakes, liquor infused desserts or simply an after dinner chocolate espresso martini!

I am a Midwest girl from Sicilian parents.  I was raised on home cooked Italian meals, fresh from the garden vegetables  and herbs, biscotti to dip in my mother’s coffee in the morning and into red wine after dinner.   Sunday was pasta right after church, my mother’s homemade sauce, meatballs, pizza…I can still remember the smells of her kitchen and the excitement and anticipation of having extended family arrive to share in the meal.

A move to Florida in 2000 brought the diversity this area offers of Latin and Carribean dishes into my cuisine.  Year round planting of herbs, locally grown fruits and produce and key lime pie!   In April of 2012, a move to Atlanta had me enjoying the changing seasons I missed; but those seasons were just too cold for this girl, so back to Florida in 2013!!

A Blog was Born!

It was my daughter’s prompting me for easy, healthy recipes that bought me to create this.  While I thought about a family cookbook for her, creating my own food blog, with bits of motherly advice thrown in, would be a fun way to give her my recipes and fulfill my own desires on blogging and sharing my love.  I am not a professional photographer or chef; just a woman with a passion for food and a desire to teach my daughter to actively enjoy the process and not allow the worries of perfectionism to interfere.  So turn off the tv, turn on the music, make every day a celebration and savor every bite, in food and in life.

Hugs xx0x



46 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Shisoff permalink
    August 12, 2010 6:05 pm

    You, your food, your family, and now your blog… all so wonderful!!!!

  2. Amelia permalink
    August 18, 2010 3:31 pm

    Only you could be so creative! I admire this in you and your “jump” to pass on this love to your children. Congrats and good luck!

  3. Ayesha permalink
    October 17, 2010 9:59 pm

    You are so incredile. Mark, Stephen, Ken and I are reviewing your site now and so IMPRESSED!!! I love the new layout, absolutely gorgeous design. You are my new favorite website. I made some wonderful fritattas this weekend, you would have been impressed.

    The guys are drolling and want to come with Ken and I in May!!!!

    Love you and miss you!

  4. Amelia permalink
    February 1, 2011 11:39 pm

    Just looked back at your site. Wow, it looks wonderful – and what great recipes. Congrats on your continued success. Yum!

  5. May 24, 2011 5:46 pm

    wow, girl, I just love your site and I will be scanning all these great recipes..thank you!!!! Have a great Memorial Day Week-end!!!! keep on a keepin on!!!!!And, as a harley rider, ride like the wind……..Peace be with you and your family!

  6. June 1, 2011 10:44 am

    Love this! So jealous of your location in FL. We used to live in West Palm and I miss it so much. Especially year round planting of herbs and all the local produce stands.

  7. June 3, 2011 3:51 pm

    What a blog!! woop woop. I love it just a little! Glad I found you

  8. Papi Chulo permalink
    June 13, 2011 7:26 pm

    Linda brings to her food and blog what she brings to people that are lucky enough to have met her. She is real and what she writes is real too. Try her recipes and you to will know what I am talking about.
    Keep on blogging Spicegirl… Que Rico!!

  9. June 22, 2011 10:45 pm

    Hey paisano! My parents are from central Italy. We eat pasta every Sunday too! I try to go to church every Sunday with the kids and then pasta later for dinner, the kids love Sunday pasta dinners!

    My mom never baked traditional Italian desserts! My aunts that lived an hour away are the ones that always did the baking. I was so jealous of my cousins when my aunts would teach them how to make homemade Italian food and desserts. So I took it upon myself to learn how to make it from Italian cookbooks or from my aunts recipes. Though I like to play around with it to lighten it up a bit. For instance, I try not to use so much olive oil, seriously like half the can is gone just from one meal when my dad cooks!

    Keep on blogging Spicegirlfla, you have amazing recipes on your site!

  10. June 27, 2011 2:57 am

    I just found your blog and think I will come here for recipes and food inspiration instead of my cookbooks. I cannot wait to try some of the recipes.

  11. June 30, 2011 5:25 pm

    Your recipes look awesome!!! Could be a great experiment for me!


  12. July 5, 2011 3:14 pm

    I created a separate food blogroll and added you to it! :)

  13. July 10, 2011 8:33 pm

    Thanks so much for posting to my blog! What a fantastic blog you’ve created. Such beautiful fresh recipes. Love it!

  14. July 26, 2011 4:11 pm

    Where in FL do you live? It looks like where my parents live in Jupiter…but then I guess most of florida’s residential area’s look similar, hehe.

  15. November 11, 2011 8:51 am

    Hi Linda, My name is also Linda – ha! I received a message from you that I didn’t approve is it is a very strange bunch of words and google interspersed for quite a few lines. Please try to message me again – I’d like to approve but don’t think it looks right. Internet snafu I’m sure. Glad to have found your blog – I bookmarked you to my favs! Have a glorious day and weekend!

  16. December 21, 2011 11:36 am

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award :)
    It’s been a pleasure reading you and I appreciate all the support you have given me on my blog.
    -Sush (pursuitofhappieness)

  17. Marty Cimaglia permalink
    December 30, 2011 3:13 pm

    Hi Linda,

    Your website is great. I spoke to you on the phone with Maritza a few weeks ago. The website is great. I wish I had more time to cook. Hope to see you soon.

  18. December 30, 2011 9:04 pm

    Hey! I nominated you for Versatile Blogger! Apparently there is a tradition of doing the three following things:

    1. Seven random things about yourself
    2. Nominate 15 bloggers that you follow
    3. put the “Versatile Blogger” picture on your post.

    My latest post is about it!

  19. Pat Grace permalink
    January 7, 2012 2:58 pm

    your recipes are wonderful….even used on this Thanksgiving for the stuffing…gave it a few tweeks of my own….but still gave you the credit of coarse! lol…..i would like to suggest that you include pan sizes( ie….9 x 13 or 8 x8 size) and number of servings estimated with the recipes. That would be very helpful to me. Sometimes i am cooking for 7 , sometimes 2… it would help in my preparations and shopping. For your eggplant lasagna does that make a full 9 x13 pan?

    • January 7, 2012 3:09 pm

      Thank you Pat! I’m glad you tried out my stuffing – we all tweek recipes to our liking!! I know Ayesha does; I’m just glad to offer inspiration!

      I do need to get better on my details! I always try to measure as I go so I can write up the recipes correctly. The pan I used for my lasagna was 9 x 13 for the 2-3 eggplants, etc. I’ve made it smaller with just 1 eggplant tho and for servings, depending on the size of the cuts, I served 6 with leftovers. We had other foods along with the lasagna. Please comment on anything you see, I like to learn what everyone likes!!

  20. Pat Grace permalink
    January 7, 2012 2:59 pm

    ps………….Beautiful Ayesha is my niece! She turned me on to your website! I love it.

    • January 7, 2012 3:04 pm

      As soon as I saw your name, I thought it might be you!! I’m so thrilled you came by to visit my blog!!

  21. January 8, 2012 12:18 pm

    Greetings! I’ve just nominated you for the Food Bloggers Unplugged Award. Surprised? I was too. I hope you don’t mind my passing this on. You came to mind because of how you write about food, like every dish is an exotic dance and something filled with zest. Simply return to Granny’s Parlour to retrieve 10 questions. I had a lot of fun doing this light-hearted soul searching this morning. I hope you enjoy it as well. ~ Granny

  22. January 8, 2012 5:38 pm

    Linda – I too being a wordpress blogger have not figured out exactly how to link to the Citrus fest – blog hop. You mention moving on to self-hosted blogging. Any info you could pass on about that I would appreciate. I’m still not great at figuring out the whole process of blogging, computers, hosts, etc.
    my email: – Thanks for any help you’d be willing to give!

  23. January 8, 2012 7:04 pm

    I see you are already a Versatile Blogger. I nominated you, as well. Love your blog. Love your food! ;) Lea

  24. January 29, 2012 6:48 pm

    What a great intro to a blog. It reminds me to go and update mine!

  25. February 20, 2012 1:43 pm

    I am so happy to have found you (via “freshly pressed”)! I’m a fellow Sicilian, and mother of three grown kids. I am a decent cook, but I am at a point in life where I am looking for new, more challenging and more interesting dishes.
    Does it count against me that the first recipe of yours I intend to try is the Champagne Mojito?
    Molto Bene, I am thinking!

    • February 21, 2012 10:45 am

      So nice to have you stop by! I think your choice of the Champagne Mojito is perfect!! I hope you enjoy it!! It’s a nice refreshing twist to a glass of champagne!!

  26. February 20, 2012 4:56 pm

    Really nice, very nice Linda! A great way to pass down the love of food to your family (espeically your daughter) Congrats.

  27. February 21, 2012 2:13 pm

    Just found your blog and I love it! It’s great to “meet” another Sicilian – my grandmother was born and raised, but moved to Greece where she met my grandfather and had my dad. Please forgive my nosiness, but I’m moving to S. Florida within the next two years and was wondering if you knew anything about the city of Naples. Would like to get opinions from those who actually live in FL. before I make the official move. :)

    • February 23, 2012 9:36 pm

      Nice to meet another Sicilian as well!! Thanks for stopping by. I love the Naples area! I live on the East Coast of Florida but often take weekend trips to the West Coast. I love the shopping and restaurants there! It’s clean and beautiful, the people there are warm and friendly. I would actually love to retire in that area. Sanibel is nearby and a great beachy vacation spot! Good luck!!

  28. February 24, 2012 9:58 am

    Linda, I have nominated your blog for four blog awards. If you do not wish to be included, please respond to this comment and I will be more than happy to remove the link to your blog. J. Boudreaux, .

  29. March 3, 2012 11:03 am

    Hi Linda,

    I just left you an email to the address listed on this page. Have a great weekend! Just voted…again!

  30. March 4, 2012 2:12 am

    I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award and I noticed as I scrolled down that you already have the award. Hope this gets you more clicks anyway!

  31. March 4, 2012 2:21 am

    Oops, I’m confusing myself by juggling two awards at once. I actually nominated you for the Sunshine Award, which I’m not seeing here. That list is way down on my post:

    • March 8, 2012 12:05 pm

      Leigh, thank you so much! I appreciate your thinking of me and am very flattered!! I will definitely acknowledge this very soon!!

  32. Ellen829 permalink
    March 31, 2012 9:30 pm

    I just discovered your wonderful blog, and cannot wait to try some of your delicious recipes! Keep up the awesome work!

    Ellen from NJ

  33. April 26, 2012 4:08 pm

    Hope your move has gone OK Linda! Take care…miss coming by here but I totally understand. Life has its priorities and somehow blogging, which takes up a crazy amount of time for no monetary gain, has to slide to the bottom.

  34. October 16, 2013 4:47 pm

    We have similar backgrounds and a great love for our heritage and its cuisine. Welcome back to Florida.

  35. rudy cammorata permalink
    January 23, 2015 8:06 pm

    everything looks soooooooo yummy !


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