I truly enjoy cooking and always have. My skills have developed over the years, as well as my tastes. My choices have evolved tremendously to include more healthy foods in my diet. This is very important to me. Of course, what person doesn’t love the occasional sweets or splurge of overly indulgent foods. But, this is not part of my regular routine so I’d like to share some of my tasty meals and recipes that I have enjoyed and I hope you will too.

My grandmother was an excellent cook who grew up in the south and married an Italian man. Needless to say we always had excellent food when we went to Gram and Pop’s. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her, she graced me with a flurry of dishes, many of which never had written or concise recipes. A dash of this and a little of that. There was never a measurement of “a lot” although I saw quite a bit of salt going into the “little bit” category. I was young, but this is how I learned to cook.

Please keep in mind that I try to give appropriate measurements for all ingredients, but these are approximate as I don’t measure anything unless I am baking. With cooking, estimates seem to do just fine, so don’t beat yourself up over an extra teaspoon, unless it is a potent ingredient, such as hot sauce or oregano. A good test is to smell the spice: if it has a strong smell, go easy, you can always put more in, but you can’t take it out. I like to use a lot of spices and experiment with different combinations. Feel free to omit anything you don’t like or are uncomfortable using. I use onions and/or garlic in almost everything. They add so much flavor, I don’t know what I’d do without them, but feel free to leave them out if you wish.

“Little Grandma”