Cooking Story

I come from an Italian American father and a Slovak mother, so basically I am an affectionate and caring, structured and organized person with so much love to give.  Fortunately, my mom is an excellent cook so she not only introduced us to Eastern European dishes, she mastered the Italian cuisine as well.  Whole, fresh meals were a staple in my home.  She would pack our food no matter where we went; feeding 4 children was not an easy chore!  When it was time for me to start my own family the combination of being exposed to such a healthy lifestyle growing up and my passion for running all came naturally.  So like most people you explore the internet for recipes and tips, I have just a click away! 

Since my eldest son had food sensitivity issues, I decided to test Kid 2 and eventually Kid 3.  I discovered that all 3 have the gene for celiac disease.  My household has now become gluten-free.  My next challenge was coming up with substitutions for popular dishes and treats.  I was already cooking their main meals with whole, organic ingredients so that was not as difficult.  The snacks were the hard part!  Because of the growing awareness of the problems with gluten and dairy, life has become much easier today than what it was back in 2010 when I began this journey.  Now I am a gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut-free chef for my family and the meals and snacks are always healthy, nutritious and most of all yummy!  What I tell my kids all the time, “You have to eat the good with the bad.”  What they do not realize I am transforming the bad to good. I hope you will continue to follow me on this journey of reinventing meals into wholesome goodness!