My dad was born in Southern Italy, so being first generation Italian/American you could say that cooking is in my blood. Food was the nucleus of our family. Our parents had a restaurant and it was truly a family affair. Everyone working together from the time you could fill a water glass or count table numbers. And no matter how busy we were, we sat down and ate dinner together. We cooked together. We rolled up our sleeves and crushed tomatoes for sauce together. As I grew into adulthood, cooking evolved into a creative outlet for me. It was also the way I had learned to communicate love and appreciation for friends and family, by sharing the food I created with TLC.
I know that most people did not grow up (the way I did). That's why I want to share my passion for cooking with you & meet you where ever you are in your culinary journey. We all have to start somewhere! Eating out all the time is expensive and there are so many hidden ingredients in store & restaurant prepared food. I'm looking at you sugar! And sugar is one of the biggest obstacles keeping people from losing weight. It's a vicious convenient circle that you'll never break until you take the control back into your own kitchen.
We have to change the way we think about food. I want to teach you how to enjoy the process. The feeling that we don't have enough time in our busy lives is the #1 reason people don't cook. And it's no wonder! Society has created this expectation that we have to be constantly moving or we're not doing enough. With work & family responsibilities paired with our cell phone culture, expected to be available 24/7, it's no wonder our lives can feel like we are on a never ending treadmill. That is so far from how we were living just a few generations ago! I refuse to believe that we have to comply to this norm. If this resonates with you and you want to make a change, recognizing this is the first step. (we can take to make a conscious effort to create change). I see this as 2 problems with 2 solutions. Problem #1 Our lives are too busy to cook. Solutions Examine where your time is being spent. Simplify our lives. We need to slow ourselves down and make nourishing us & our families a priority. Let's find the places in your life that are not a high priority but are sucking up a disproportionate amount of valuable time and energy. We'll find solutions to Problem #2 Cooking is time consuming! But it's not just the cooking part. There's the Grocery shopping, chopping & cleaning too! Solution Here's where we put our heads together & come up with an efficient plan that works for your unique life. Together we will come up with the fastest ways to make the healthiest version of your favorite dishes. I'm going to teach you how to cook & shop smarter. We're going to dust off that slow cooker & start batch cooking, so 1 meal turns into 2 or 3. Easy meals in 30 min or less. How to keep your fridge & pantry stocked with the right things so you never feel like there's nothing to eat. Problem #3 Eating healthy is expensive. Solution Teach you which foods are most important to buy organic & which ones are safe to buy conventionally grown. You will change the way to think about healthy food being expensive & I bet you will actually save money.
So, are you ready to take control of what you're eating? Ready to start spending time in the kitchen eating the right foods that nourish your body & give you the energy to do the things you love. Because you might save time by eating quick ,junky foods but then lack energy, focus & motivation later.
It's time to feel comfortable and confident. Let me share my passion for cooking with you & teach you the fundamentals of healthy living through food.