Hi there! Nice to meet you.
I’m Daniela, a food-obsessed cat mama who designs websites for a living.
Originally from Philadelphia, I currently live on the north fork of Long Island, surrounded by farms, apple orchards, vineyards and beaches. It’s where the country side meets coastal living.
One of my favorite things to do, besides eating, is to have fun in the kitchen. It’s my happy place. It’s where I work, play, dream up recipes and spend the better part of my day.
Generally, I am un-remorseful when it comes to sweets or any type of food for that matter, but I do my best to eat and make foods that are more on the healthier side of things. However, I think a little indulgence every now and then is good for the soul. Life without a slice of caramel apple pie or a Philly cheese steak once in a while is just not living.
I’m not a big fan of fussy complicated recipes. For the most part, I like to keep things simple using easily accessible ingredients.
While the recipes on my blog make use of whole ingredients like fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, herbs and spices, they also make use of ready-made products like frozen puff pastry and boxed chicken stock.
Because I work full-time, there are just not enough hours in the day to make everything from scratch, and using ‘short-cuts’ helps me save time when shopping and during food prep. However, taking a short-cut does not mean you have to sacrifice quality either.
I just have three basic rules when it comes to using ready-made food products:
- It must be minimally processed.
- Made from natural or organic ingredients.
- Free of preservatives.
As long as the food product passes those three rules, in addition to being able to pronounce everything on the ingredient label, then I have no issue using it in a recipe. Essentially, take the time to scrutinize what you’re buying, stick with the freshest, best quality ingredients, and only use produce that is in season. Follow those simple guidelines and your food will taste better and be better for you.
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