about me

Hi, I’m Judi, and this is my blog.Yes, that’s me in Earth Mother mode.

My good friend Dan took this photo of me, while shooting that beautiful photo of the tomatoes at the top of my blog page.  Isn’t it great?

I’m not a chef.

I’m also not a writer or a photographer.  But I love to cook and I love to eat, and I’m recently learning that I may really like writing, too.  So, this seemed like a good idea.

I come from a large Italian-American family, and food has always been a big part of my life. Every Sunday, my mom would start the “gravy” around 9am and let it simmer on the stove all day until dinner time (2pm at my house on Sundays). The house would smell of garlic, fried meatballs and Romano cheese.  YUM.


This is the very reason my best friend, (who spent a lot of time at our house) started calling me “little clove”, and still does. OK, so our house probably wasn’t the only thing that smelled like garlic.  And she always reminds me of that.

My grandmother (dad’s mom), Donatella Pacelli Caruso, taught my French-American mother how to cook Italian. My mom must have a natural talent for cooking (maybe it’s the French thing) because she became one fabulous Italian cook.

My Dad would have eaten Italian food 7 days a week if  we let him. We didn’t. Needless to say, Italian food was what I learned, and it’s my first love.

I can make really good Sunday gravy, meatballs, and pasta with my eyes-closed (not really). I make killer eggplant, stuffed artichokes and many other family dishes that I will soon be sharing, here.

When I recently told my Aunt about my blog she said, “Oh honey, that’s WONDERFUL. Our recipes are not going to die with us!”.

Kind of a dark thought, yet kind of hopeful.  I love that thought, actually.

That being said, I have a lot to learn. Want to learn.

I’m hoping to expand my cooking horizons beyond family recipes. I want to be able to pull off a fabulous pad thai, delicious fish tacos, a roast chicken almost as good as Julia’s. I want to cook from my pantry and really really like it.

I have a 12 year old daughter (who we lovingly call rosebud) and I hope to inspire her to love cooking as much as I do.

I have a day job, but cooking is what I love to do.

I also have a weakness for homemade tamales, camembert, pine nuts and wine I can’t afford.


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