About Me


My name is Nata and I am a 30-something stay at home mom of two children, ages 7 and 5. I spend most of my daytime hours in the kitchen and it is my favorite place to be. We barely ever dine out with the kids (just the thought of it gives my husband agita), so I am always cooking.

I don’t bake. I don’t use recipes. I don’t measure. My main ingredient in all of my meals is love (just like Marie Barone from “Everybody Loves Raymond”). I throw things together and taste as I go, adjusting as it needs be. In my posts, I will give you a rough measurement of how much I use of each ingredient, but I suggest putting love into your own meals. To me, that’s what cooking is all about. Growing up as a child of Italian immigrants, food has always been a major part of my life. I was always in the kitchen with my mom growing up, and that’s how I learned to cook. Now I love having my own kids in the kitchen with me!

Most of my dinner time meals are traditional Italian recipes, but I also love preparing clean meals (mostly for breakfast and lunch). I try eating clean during the day, but I like to splurge for dinner. I don’t make anything unhealthy (no frying or processed foods), but some of my Italian dishes aren’t exactly “clean” (hello, pasta!). I do, however, occasionally substitute whole wheat pasta for white pasta when my family’s not looking!

Now it’s time to mangia!