I'm Silvia. I am mother to four daughters, 9, 6, 4, and 16 months. I moved to Iowa from Italy in 2012, due to my husband's job. In Italy, I was lawyer, but once here I became a stay at home mom. I've grown up watching my great-grandmother, my grandmother, and my mother cooking for my family every day, searching carefully for ingredients and preparing fresh food. That was their way to show us how much they care about us, and to carry on a tradition. When we moved here and I lost my job, all my background came up, and I realized that taking care of my family is the most satisfying job I could do, especially because it entails cooking healthy and good food!  I started to practice what I learned when I was young, and surprised myself in making all those meals that characterized my youth. Since every new person we have met asked me if I was a good cook, and told me that they love Italian food, I decided to share my Italian cooking culture and recipes in a blog! I write about our daily menus- recipes made with simple and few ingredients and most of the time cheap and healthy because the food is not processed.  I also have a licensed home bakery, and could whip you up an Italian dessert if you don't want to make one yourself!
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