Hi, that’s me, Denise, in the picture. I’m with my mother, Julia, and yes that makes me Julia’s Child.
I’m extra lucky because I come from Irish and Italian decent. And as I like to say Irish + Italian = Food. Family. Fun!! That’s what my family is all about. You can probably guess which side of the family is about food and which side is about the fun. 🙂
I have spent many days watching and learning from Julia about everything food. I’m not a trained chef at a culinary institute but given the Italian-Irish roots I also spent many, many hours with my Italian grandmother and the teachings of great and authentic Italian cooking. As well, I also spent many days with my Irish grandmother who in her own right had a mean tomato sauce as well as the Irish fare. Both of my grandmothers helped raise me to have an appreciation of food and family, and I will share with you what my grandmothers, my mother, and others have taught me about cooking, party planning and just plain having fun!!
Hey I do have other stuff to say. My other passion and pride is Syracuse University. I’m an alum and I love spending the fall and winter months in the Carrier Dome with my family watching the Orange play football and basketball.
I am married to Sandro (yes he’s Italian, a real one – Italy is his native land) and we have one son James. He’s a Syracuse University student (this is where I’m bursting with pride). The whole family has a lot of fun gathering in the kitchen to create the next great dish!