I have been cooking since I was 6 years old and I never get tired of thinking up my next dish.  I cook mostly vegetarian food with an occasional meat based dish thrown in when my kids ask for it.  When shopping I buy fruits and vegetables, minimally processed dry goods, wild caught seafood and humanely raised, pastured meats. I skip highly processed convenience foods but I will buy canned beans, salmon and tuna plus other staples to stock my pantry for quick weeknight dinners.

I learned to cook by helping my Italian grandmother, watching my dad and just experimenting in the kitchen and I learned from them that the cooking and sharing of food is the glue which binds family and friends.  Now that I have a family of my own, I relish the opportunity to nourish them with my food and share time together around the table.

My recipes reflect my belief in the old saying “you are what you eat”, so I do not include products that have chemicals or preservatives because if you are what you eat, then eat the best food available!


  1. We have so much in common. I would like to cook mostly vegetarian, but my kids are tweens and want more meat then ever. I serve very little red meat. I grew up with my grandmother next door who was also Italian.

    If you read the stories on my Pizzagaine recipe http://simplelivingdianebalch.blogspot.com/2012/03/foodie-friday-linky-simple-pizza.html and my spag. with clam sauce: http://simplelivingdianebalch.blogspot.com/2012/01/spaghetti-with-clam-sauce-to-die-for.html
    They may seem very familiar to you.
    Join us again next week with another of your recipes.

    • You are so right, especially on the spaghetti with clam sauce. I am wondering to myself right now “why haven’t I made spaghetti with clam sauce lately?”. Of course now I must go right to the store and get the ingredients. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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