: Rosie Alyea
Location: Toronto, Canada
If you had to blog about one ingredient every day for a year, what would it be?
I will never eat:
Peanut butter and jelly. I love them separately, but please don’t make me eat them combined.
Is there a food you used to hate, but now love?
I used to cringe at the thought, smell, or taste of pineapple, but now I can’t get enough of it. I believe it was one fabulous pineapple upside-down cake that changed my fruity fate for good.
What’s your go-to quick and easy dinner?
With two small girls who are super particular, I find myself making homemade pizza at least twice a week. It’s makes us all happy, they can help me prepare it, and we can get as simple or as fancy as we like with the toppings and flavors. With less than 10 minutes active time, it’s the ultimate dinner solution for me.
What’s your favorite restaurant and what do you order there?
I love Woodenheads in Kingston, Ontario, which I often dine at with my sister-in-law, who has introduced me to all of their best dishes. I typically order the Nonna Mela Pizza made with apple butter, roasted garlic, cheddar, sweet onions, and blackened chicken. It’s amazing!
What is the first meal you ever cooked?
I can clearly recall the first meal I ever cooked from start to finish, because I was so proud of myself. I was in my young 20s and worked in a restaurant with the most incredible food. I decided to create a meal from the menu (in my tiny apartment) for my two best friends celebrating birthdays. I can still remember the kitchen “boys” giving me a crash course at work the day before, since it was pretty apparent that I wasn’t a seasoned chef! The meal was a great success and included Caesar Salad, Cheddar-Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and one seriously decadent orange and dark chocolate cheesecake.
Who would you love to have over for dinner?
I’d love to have a circle of my fellow food bloggers over for a true foodie feast. What a down-to-earth and laughter-filled (and likely wine-filled) evening that would be. I hope to someday make that happen!