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Cooking for family and friends is one of the most important things I do. I love to cook, I love to cook with others and I love to teach others to cook. Many of my favorite memories involve cooking and enjoying meals with the people I care about most. I know many of you feel the same way.

I have over 40 years of experience in the kitchen, cooking, baking, creating and critiquing. I have secretly always wanted to own an Italian restaurant and work as a chef like my grandmother Carmella and three of my uncles.

This site represents two very distinct passions of mine. My BLOG is where I share my time and knowledge of cooking. Many people these days are busily pursuing their career goals, maybe working more than one job, and raising a family all at the same time and they feel as though they have no time to cook and no time to learn. My goal is to teach people to find joy in preparing quick and healthy meals in their own homes. I follow no fad diets or programs here, it is simply real food prepared using healthy methods. This site is a “go-to” resource for quick meal ideas and techniques through which you will build confidence in your ability to prepare a nutritious home cooked meal.

My second passion is giving back to the community in which I live and so enjoy. A portion of the profits from my Home and Kitchen goods SHOP are donated to soup kitchens, food pantries and wherever else I see a need arise. I am grateful that I have never personally known hunger, although it is a reality for many people in this world and our community, and I hope to help this cause as much as I can.

I hope you enjoy what you see and I look forward to hearing your comments and questions. - Anita