An introduction to Nicole Denisuser rating
My desire to be a ‘foodie’ was spurred 14 years ago after cooking a 7-course Thanksgiving dinner for 18 people in my 750-square foot apartment. I researched for months ahead consulting cooking magazines and anyone I knew with any type of culinary knowledge. The meal, which include Italian Wedding Soup, butternut squash risotto, a turkey and more, proved not only to be a success (prior to that my claim to fame was a three bean salad) but an exercise that sparked a desire to pursue all things food.
A year later, I left my corporate job as an in-house editor for an insurance company and enrolled in culinary school part time. When not in school I worked in any restaurant I could doing whatever I was asked—everything from peeling pounds of onions to making pizza dough. After graduation I worked as a line cook and for various caterers. After three years I decided to trade in my tongs and go back to writing. I began working at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade where I became immersed in the world of specialty foods—from imported olive oils to domestic artisan chocolates and rare spices from near and far. I knew I had found my true calling, a place where my love and knowledge for food would flourish.
Now, a mom of a beautiful and outspoken 3-year-old, I’m blessed with being able to impose my desire for all things culinary on Gianna. As ‘Foodie Mom’ I’m challenged with the task of introducing healthy foods, creating flavor-forward meals and expanding the palate of a finicky child. Foodie Mom is an honest and humorous approach to Gianna’s food adventures. You will be able to find child-friendly recipes, links to our favorite snacks, places to go to get good eats, cooking projects that get kids involved and more. And from time to time, sweet and savory indulgences that only mommy’s can enjoy.—Nicole Potenza Denis