Welcome to my blog and my kitchen! My name is Elaine Schurr McCardel and I live in Michigan.
My mother, Angela, was from Italy and I guess I just have that Italian gene in me - I love to feed people. I began this blog to teach people how to cook. It pains me that so many people do not cook for themselves and instead order carryout five nights a week. Cooking from scratch is much easier than most people think. It's healthier and cheaper. Subscribe to this site and cook along with me - I'll show you how.
I love photography and, in a previous life, was a painter. My food photography enables me to really show you how to create things, step by step. Developing my own recipes is just another way to fill a canvas. I hope you enjoy what I love so much - cooking for people and the joy of the table.
In Italy, enjoying Sorrento!
Since starting this blog, I have met some amazing people,
connected with other food bloggers and received e-mails,
literally, from readers all over the world. Thanks to all of you.
Because of the large number of e-mails I receive every day,
I cannot respond to each and every one. I do try, but I hope you understand.
You can contact me at:
I live with Brian, my husband and we have three sons,
Barry, Nick and Nathan.
I also love to sew. Come visit me over at my sewing blog,
Beech Tree Lane Handmade
Or, if you're really into knitting, you can hop on
over to my knitting blog, Italian Dish Knits
Want to see some paintings? I used to paint. A lot.