Monday, February 11, 2013

Welcome To My New Blog!!!

This is an exciting new journey (and a long time in the making) that ties both my professional and personal lives together in my quest to introduce real food and real nutrition to people around the world. Check out my most popular posts and recent posts/recipes on the right side of this blog under "Popular Posts" or "Blog Archive."

"What Is This Blog About?": I will be posting tips, tricks and hints regarding everyday nutrition.  It will include everything from gardening to proper cooking techniques (and everything in between).  I will have new recipes, quick & easy recipes, kid-friendly recipes and advanced recipes.  I will be sharing my triumphs and epic failures with you - because hey, we're all on the same learning curve ;)

"What Is The Main Focus?": The main focus of this blog is quantity and quality of foods.  Those two factors are critical in determining where you are in the nutritional spectrum.  I also will be introducing new foods, cooking techniques, kitchen tips and incorporating them into recipes and everyday life. 

"What If I'm Not A Foodie Or Know Very Little About Food?": That's great! Then you have found the right place!  I am here to share my knowledge of food and nutrition with everyone, irregardless of cooking/nutritional ability.

"I'm Having Trouble Losing Weight, Can You Help?": Absolutely!  I have lost over 110 pounds not only once, but TWICE in my journey.  Having kids does a number on your body and I have found several different strategies and solutions to help you meet your goals.  It does NOT involve hours upon countless hours at the gym (no one has time for that lol).  It just requires determination and a willingness to have an open mind.  If you stick with it, you should be well on your way to achieving better nutrition.

"Tell Me More About Your Background": I have 2 Bachelor's Degrees, one in Culinary Nutrition, the other in Culinary Arts, both from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.  I graduated Summa Cum Laude and was my class commencement speaker (I spoke on stage with famous Food Network Chef Tyler Florence).  I have worked at The Sagamore Spa & Resort in Lake George, NY doing everything from pastries to banquets to line cooking.  I completed my final internship at Sunny Fresh Foods (a division of Cargill) in Minnesota where I developed over 100 new recipes using their egg products.  I worked in the Test Kitchen for The Catalina Restaurant Goup (Coco's and Carrows Restaurants) in Carlsbad, CA.  I also was a Chef Instructor at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua, NY and would teach every subject from basic Saute to the Food Science Behind Cookie Making & Baking. There I worked with famous celebrity chefs such as Martin Yan, Sara Moulton, Oprah's Chef (Art Smith) and many more.  Today I do everything from recipe development to contract work, and of course, food & nutrition blogging! :)

"I'm Looking For A Recipe Development Chef To Develop Recipes For My Company - Are You In That Line of Work?": Yes!  In the past I have developed recipes for companies such as Bison Foods and The New York State Maple Producers Association (where I worked with Bobby Flay at a NY State Fair demonstration), Sunny Fresh Foods and I have developed many small recipes for local newspapers/television segments.  In the past, having been a Chef Instructor, I have literally created hundreds of recipes from scratch and can create any recipe from the very basic up to the most complex and highly skilled recipes. Please feel free to email me at and I would be happy to help on any upcoming project!

Thank you all so much for your continued support as I embark on this journey.  I can't express to you enough how much simple nutrition has changed my life!  From the chubby kid in school who was bullied relentlessly - I gained strength through knowledge.  The more I learned the more empowered I felt.  My life has drastically changed so much so that I feel compelled to share my experiences with others in hopes that they might experience the same (or better) results!  I thought nutrition was just another way of saying it's "what" you put in your body - but I didn't realize how extremely complex that was!  It is indeed "what" you put in your body - but "what" doesn't only refer to a food - it encompasses the quality of that food, the nutrition density, the carb/sugar level, the vitamins, minerals and most importantly it is the reason WHY you are putting it in your body in the correct amounts.  I am continually learning about new healthy foods and I take new nutrition classes every now & then to keep up with this ever-changing industry.

I have finally learned - "Eat to Live, Not Live To Eat!" and I haven't felt this great in years!! So thank you all for your love and continued support!  It is people like you who make all of this worth every single moment.

All The Best,

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