Foodies, beginners, home cooks, aspiring chefs, and anyone else who just enjoys a great plate of food.
Welcome to my blog, i am Clarissa and I started cooking when I was a young child. I guess you can say I was a mama’s girl, and always followed my mom around the kitchen. It was about when I was around 11 or 12 when I started cooking dinner for our family of five to help out my mom, who unfortunately worked long hours on her feet all day.
My early cooking started with the basics; semi homemade, seasoning packets, hamburger helper types of meals, and lots of canned foods. Today my cooking style is quite opposite. I would describe my cooking as rustic Italian and comfort food, along with being a master at handling the grill. I love grilling everything from a nice cut of brisket, to pineapple for my sorbet. And I enjoy grilling anytime of year, I’ve even grilled in 40 degrees and in the rain.
Although I never went to culinary school or took any classes other than standard “Home Economics” in Junior High/High School, i do consider myself as “self-taught” but, I am not a “Chef” nor do I feel comfortable with me being addressed as a “Chef”. I feel the title of “Chef” is one of a sacred title, for which I have not earned, as I’ve never gone to school or come up in ranks from working “on the line”
In the last ten to fifteen years I feel as a home cook I’ve grown stronger and have learned many techniques. I love to explore as many flavor profiles throughout the world.
I started this blog to share recipes, tips, and important information with like-minded people. I would love to teach those who have a genuine fear of cooking, yet they want to learn, and help guide them and bring their passion out. Cooking is rather easy, and shouldn’t feel like a chore.
Food is the one thing that really does bring people together, and warms the heart. I was fortunate enough to have inherited from my mom her photographic memory, she never wrote a single recipe down and over these last five years, as my daughter got married and wanted to learn more, its time for me to put them on a site to share with others.
There are a lot of dishes that I learned from my mom, and over time I have put my spin on them, but to keep these dishes passed down it’s important that I do document these for my kids, grandson. And finally after many years of being asked this one question by friends/family, I am throwing my hat into the world of “culinary competition” and keeping a journal of this new journey I am about to embark on.
I do hope you enjoy my blog, I have over thirty years of knowledge to add here in the months to come, so please bear with me.
If you have a blog of your own that you would like me to share with my readers, (it does not need to be food related) please feel free to send me your link and I’ll add your site to my page. One never stops learning, and sharing with one another, it’s what keeps ideas fresh from one kitchen table to another.