I am one of those unbearably lucky people who grew up with great food. My mom is a terrific cook and 9 nights out of 10 we sat down as a family and ate dinner together. She didn't make fussy food, and to this day none of my favourite foods have more than 5 ingredients, but she made good food and she taught me to appreciate it.
When I was 15 I decided I wanted to cook for a living and when I was 17 I got my first job in a restaurant, I was an apprentice (read: kitchen bitch) and spend the next 7 years in kitchens both in savoury and sweet. But mostly sweet because people tend to be nicer in pastry kitchens.
I started this blog in the beginning of 2011, partly because so many friends were always asking me for recipes, but mostly because I love the stories behind food. I love the connection of a recipe to where it came from, the thought process behind it, the memories that make their way to the table with the meal. That's also where the name comes from, it's my middle name but it's also my Nona's name. She was an incredible Italian cook. She taught bread making classes at a local school and made the best canned peaches I have ever known. I was named after her, and I named this site after her as well, because this isn't just about what you eat but the traditions and memories that come with every bite.
This passion for where food comes from isn't just about the memories, it's also about where it's grown, and who grew it. It's about making sure that food that nourishes us isn't at the cost of the people who work in the fields or the environment. Because of this the vast majority of the recipes you see here will be full of things that grow here too. And in British Columbia that means berries in the Summer, apples in the Fall, and an alarming amount of potatoes in the Winter. I feel a lot better about dinner time when I know where my food comes from.
I hope you like what you see and read here, and if you have any questions about anything you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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