Urban dictionary says a Jewtalian is: “Someone of Jewish and Italian descent. Loves pasta and bagels”. Couldn’t be more accurate…
I love food. Plain and simple. We grew up always planning and thinking about the next meal.
I love to explore different kinds of food. My family is Italian and Jewish which is where a lot of my inspiration comes from. But I love Mexican food as if it were fed to me since I was a baby. I have no professional training in cooking; only in eating :). I love putting a twist on a recipe I find online or that I get from a family member. I lived in Florence for four months and food will never be the same again.
Cooking is so enjoyable for me, especially after a long day at work and a long drive home. I often spend my hour drive home thinking about what I can create based on the ingredients (I think I have) in my fridge.
When I can, and when the food will allow, I always opt for a healthier version. Certain things you can’t mess with and once in a while you need a creamy mac n’cheese but on daily basis I try to be conscious of what I consume. When shopping for food I always check the ingredients and if I can’t understand 98% of them, I won’t put it in my body!
A lot of my recipes come from nights when I find random things left in my fridge or closet and transform it into a delicious meal! It just takes a little imagination and inspiration. I spend my free time watching the food network and looking for fun new recipes on Pinterest.
Please note: I don’t always use measurements and therefore don’t provide them. This blog was an effort I made to help me write down my recipes so I can remember them. I’m still learning. I also lose track of time. This would be the Italian blood in me… Use your best judgement when following my recipes! This blog isn’t for the novice who’s too scared they may add to much garlic (in most cases, that’s not possible!) I also don’t like sweets and I don’t bake so you won’t find much in that category here.
-Jackie L. Bertolone
DON’T EAT TO LIVE, LIVE TO EAT!