When I first started preparing my own meals as a young adult, my idea of cooking was boiling pasta and heating up a jar of store-bought tomato sauce. My salads were topped with bottled dressing, and I didn’t think twice about using a box of brownie mix. But, while it’s true my cooking skills were practically non-existent, I always loved to eat truly delicious food.
That interest in good food slowly became an obsession. I started cooking more, ripping out recipes in magazines, taking recreational cooking classes, refusing to vacation anywhere that didn’t have food worth eating, and learning kitchen secrets from my Italian mother-in-law. Then, when my daughter Rosa was born I picked up a whisk and never looked back. I made all of Rosa’s baby food and, soon, earned a culinary arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.
In the summer of 2008 I launched Rosaberry, a culinary services company devoted to helping New York families eat better through culinary instruction and personal chef services. I am now the food editor at Parents Magazine and I’ve appeared on the Today Show numerous times demonstrating kid-friendly recipes. My first two cookbooks will be released this spring by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Real Baby Food: Easy All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler will be released in April 2015, and Smoothie-licious: Power-Packed Smoothies and Juices the Whole Family Will Love debuts in June 2015.