Hi! I’m Liz. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my little slice of the internet. This has been something I always dreamed of pursuing, but couldn’t quite take that first step. Fast forward, 10 or so years later, and I took the plunge. <insert pat on the back here> Welcome! I hope you enjoy these stories of my family, my American-Italian culture, and my life experiences, both personal and professional, as much as I love writing about them and weaving them into my recipes and blog posts.

A peak into my life…

I currently live in Baltimore, Maryland with my husband Matt, our two children Ryan (3) and Maura (1), and our rescue dog Rocky. I love Maryland, but ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll tell you that I have strong Jersey roots. You can take the girl out of Jersey but you can’t….(well, you know how the rest goes…)

I really enjoy cooking and would like to think that my late father passed down some of his incredible cooking skills to me. I find the whole process of cooking to be so therapeutic – from measuring and mixing ingredients to serving up a delicious meal for friends and family. Many times it brings me back to my childhood and all the food memories we created in the kitchen and around the table.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Professionally, I am an experienced registered dietitian nutritionist with over 15 years in the field. My diverse background in the food and nutrition industry includes clinical, retail, media production as well as marketing and communications.

My Why.

Life’s too short.

Eleven years ago is when my whole world turned upside down and inside out. At the age of 26, I lost my father to Glioblastoma Multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer. It came out of left field. He was only 57 and gone way too soon. My life was forever changed in that very moment.

My dad, Mauro D’Alto; my guardian angel whose presence in my life to this day is undeniable. *Photo from 2009

This blog is dedicated to my beloved dad. He was the most passionate person I ever knew. In his own words (and broken English), he truly loved to “make happy the people” by cooking up his delicious Italian dishes for his family, friends and customers. For the majority of my father’s career, he worked for other restaurant owners in New York City. However, during 2008-2010, we owned a small Italian restaurant, called D’Alto Ristorante, in our hometown of Clifton, New Jersey. My father was in his absolute glory during his last years doing what he loved most and being surrounding by those he loved most.

My father, Mauro D’Alto, in the kitchen of our family restaurant – D’Alto Ristorante.

Here’s to you Dad.