Reflecting on the Past and Looking Ahead to the New Year

The new year is almost upon us. I have so many things to be grateful for this past year. The health and happiness of my family first and foremost. I have been blessed with the most supportive husband, as many of you already know. At a moment’s notice, he’s carting things back and forth to the…

A Little Departure From the Norm ….

What an amazing rollercoaster two months I’ve had. Probably the busiest in my seven years doing Bella Cucina Maria. Not only juggling my regular private work, but catering and part time cooking for the Canadian Permanent Mission. Honestly, as tired and wiped out as I am on December 16th  – with at least seven more…

Falling for Italian Prune Plums

The signs of Fall are peeking around every corner. It’s still pretty darn hot in the Northeast during the day, but our nights are getting cooler. The farmers market ingredients have started to shift slightly. Italian prune plums are making a grand entrance. Get them now, before they disappear.

Resolutions are never too late …

It’s never too late to make a resolution, or two. Today is March 1 and I’m thinking “Why not start now?” Last month I jumped in with both feet doing Soul Cycle, which it turns out I love. I also started a fun little Facebook event in February called “Drink More Water ,” which had…