I am also a trained Opera singer, having performed with The Metropolitan Operas leading tenor, Marcello Giordani, Broadway veteran Lisa Vroman and David Miller of Il Divo, (you can view the press release for one of my concerts here), I've performed with burlesque troupes and worked as a freelance writer (feel free to take a look at some of my pieces for Newsday here and here)
I won the Egglands Best “Your Best Recipe Contest” Dessert Category for my Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso Cookies, inspired by a trip to Italy, my recipe for Gluten Free Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes was featured on the website for Shape Magazine, as well as the recipe for my Zucchini Chips, I have developed recipes for Ariosto Seasonings, my recipe for Pumpkin Gnocchi can be seen in the FreeBooksy Thanksgiving Holiday Cookbook, La Cucina Prima Donna was a Foodista blog of the day and I am currently a finalist in the Tyler Florence Food and Wine Experience Contest for my Ragu Bolognese, as well as a finalist in the Staten Island Advance Cookbook Contest 2013. Some of my recipes are published in "The Organic Gardener's Cookbook, Easy Tips and Recipes for Your Home-Grown Vegetables" and La Cucina Prima Donna was listed on Italian Reflections as one of the Top Italian Food Blogs and Websites to follow in 2013. I also won the Better Recipes "Best Pancake Recipe Ever" Contest and was a special contributor for The Daily Meal with my Nutella Ricotta Zeppoles for St. Joseph’s Day. I was recently a finalist in the On The Go Cooking Show Recipe Contest and The Green Up Leftovers Recipe Contest.
After spending my summer in Italy studing opera, I became even more in touch with my Italian routes. My love for all things Italian inspired me to start La Cucina Prima Donna.
I have loved food for as long as I can remember. It has always been a special part of my life. Some of my best memories involve food. My grandma hard at work in the kitchen making Sunday gravy, Easter pie and my personal favorite, fried cauliflower. My mother preparing a Christmas Eve feast for our friends. When I was little I loved to bake. Now, I love to eat and I love to cook. It’s meditation. And when the food turns out well, it’s even more rewarding. Let’s face it, in life, nothing is certain. Most things are inconsistent, jobs and boyfriends may come and go. Things can let you down. But food will always be there for you. After a rough day it’s easy to come home to a nice tray of baked ziti. Food makes you feel good. Simple as that. And for me, it’s Italian food. Milky fresh mozzarella, al dente penne, tender meatballs and crunchy cannolis. There’s just something about Italian food that makes me feel the way no other food makes me feel. It’s a very special feeling, so come and join me for supper and experience that same feeling. Be Italian.