My love of food goes back to favorite childhood memories that happened in my grandmother’s kitchen – cooking Sunday sauce for our big family spaghetti dinner, true southern gumbo that she learned from her mom growing up in Louisiana, and Italian fig cakes made with fruit from her garden.
As a teenager, my mother and I enjoyed baking together and filling our home with sweet scents of sugar cookies, pumpkin spice bars and gingerbread. My mother worked full time while raising three kids so her dinners were simple and rotated through our favorites, but they’re many of the same meals I love today.
Shortly after college I had an opportunity to travel to Italy’s Tuscany region for cooking school. It was a trip of a lifetime and happened right at a critical time when I moved out on my own and needing to develop my culinary skills.
My other passion in life was Madison Avenue and building big consumer brands. While I worked in advertising on great brands like JCPenney, Radio Shack and Nordstrom, my career also included a food tour with brands from McDonald’s to Whole Foods – yep, you read that right. Ask me about that someday!
Fast forward almost a decade, when my husband and I brought our first bundle of joy came into our lives. As new parents we wanted to do everything “right” and a big part of that included questioning his first solid foods. From my work in the food industry I knew enough that led us to making our own organic purees, starting solids with vegetables first and limiting the junk.
We took that same path with our little girl and are so thankful to have two adventurous little foodies today. My daughter loves sushi date night with mommy as much as my son enjoys roasted beets.
Then we got a curveball: food sensitivities. Our first wasn’t even “food”, but an artificial additive found in practically everything you’ll find on the grocery store shelf. Clearing your home and diet of certain ingredients is no easy task, let me tell you!
With food sensitivities, a full-time career, a crazy schedule and a desire to feed my kids real food every day, I took on this challenge full-speed ahead and never looked back. Very quickly I found that friends and friends-of-friends were calling me for ideas too. I learned that there are a lot of parents in the same pickle and face similar challenges in the kitchen.
I had to share. I wanted to share.
And hence my third bundle of joy entered this world: Feed Our Families.
This is where I share our stories of success, and yours. Along with new ideas that hopefully help parents get over the hurdles we come across in making healthy meals happen.
And recipes! Lots of meal ideas that are usually quick and easy to come together so you can focus on meal time with your family, and not on preparation or cooking. My slow cooker has become my BFF so you’ll find recipes for meals that are ready when you get home.
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