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.