About the Chef

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Lana, a second generation Italian, has possessed a passion for “everything food” since early childhood: Eating it, preparing it, presenting it, and most importantly, sharing it. Her fondest childhood memories were watching “mama” prepare many a magical culinary delight from “Old World Italy.”  She has spent countless evenings preparing elaborate dinners for family and friends and has cherished every lovingly painstaking moment.

Lana has learned, step by step, the “art of food” from the inside out. In all of her years as a self-taught chef, she has learned to personally master food manipulation and preparation, always incorporating her unique “personal twists.” Lana has adopted her individual chef techniques and recipes by studying and practicing from the recipes, procedures and methods of master chefs worldwide.

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  1. yvettemahon says:

    Hi Lana, Thank you for the follow! I ope you enjoy the recipes. Yvette

  2. yvettemahon says:

    Hi Lana, Thank you for the follow! I hope you enjoy the recipes. Yvette

    1. Hi Yvette! Your offerings are beautiful and wonderful! All the best, Lana

      1. yvettemahon says:

        Thank you so much for the kind words

  3. Thank you so much for following my blog. I look forward to reading yours.

    1. Molto Grazia! Your blog is lovely and very informative!

  4. Pam Bender says:

    Lana- There are pastries that I tried in Venice that I’d love to learn to make. I just don’t remember what they were called. I also want to try making the Ribbon cake that is red, white and green with chocolate between the layers. How about a video on the layered cake it sound so difficult, but I bet it is easier than it sounds. Pam



    1. Hi Val!
      So good to hear from you! Thank you! It’s been way too long & would love to catch up soon.
      Lots of love & Miss you too!

  6. Yvette says:

    Love your site Lana 🙂

    1. Thank you So much!! I will comply with the requirements asap! Thanks again!

  7. I’ve nominated you for the Leibster Award. Plz check it out on my latest post. God bless

    1. Thank you very much!! I really appreciate this! God Bless You Too!

      1. Yw, you deserve it 😆 love your blog

      2. Ditto!! Have a beautiful day 🙂 Thanks again

      3. You too 😄

  8. Love your blog! And I love the name of your blog!

    1. Thank you so much! Looking forward to experiencing your blog as well!

  9. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for following my blog, look forward to catching up on yours and your recipes!

    1. I’m originally from Ohio too! The great buckeye state!!

  10. satabdi says:

    Hi Lana, I have nominated you for Beautiful Blogger Award. Please check this link https://dineinmykitchen.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/beautiful-blogger-award/ and I will be glad if you accept this award.

    1. Thank you, satabdi! What an honor! I am so delighted & pleased!!

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  11. Evgenia says:

    Hi Lana,
    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please see nomination here – https://theannetteroom.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/the-liebster-award-thank-you/.
    There’s no pressure to accept this award, but it is my way of thanking you for creating such lovely and inspiring blog.
    Thank you,

    1. Thank you, Evgenia! What a wonderful honor…I appreciate this very much!

  12. Thank you Lana, for visiting and following my blog. I’m glad to follow yours as well. Lovely recipes and photos! 🙂

    1. Thank YOU! I really enjoy your blog…so well written and intriguing! Thank you for the follow & I look forward to more of your lovely posts 🙂

  13. Anna says:

    So delighted to have found your blog, Lana! Your recipes look delicious — I look forward to exploring your site!
    ~ Anna @ LifeBellissima.com

    1. Hello Anna! I’m so pleased that we have found one another! I so enjoy sharing with the like minds of those that possess our passions. God bless!

  14. Hi!! You have an absolutely amazing blog. I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Check it out at https://tanushreeghoshdelicacies.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/thankyou-so-much-for-the-beautiful-blogger-award/

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of the loving energy coming from this wonderful blog community of ours! Thanks again!

  15. Frances 🌺 says:

    Just to let you know I have nominated you for an Versatile Blogger Award. https://lovingleisuretime.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/versatile-blogger-award-and-new-friends/

    Thanks for all your support and great comments!

    1. Thank you SO much, Frances!! What an honor to be noticed by such a wonderful blogger such as yourself!! Means so much to me!!!

      1. Frances 🌺 says:

        You are too kind… 🙏🏻

  16. Anna says:

    Lana, you are such an inspiration to me! I have nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger Award” — if you’d like to participate, you can find the award information here:
    Blessings to you, sweet friend!
    ~ Anna

    1. Oh Sweet Anna!!! I am SO honored thank you so so much! I am so fascinated that those I admire greatly are recognizing my work as well. I think your blog is so stunning and am humbly grateful for this nomination. Blessings & Peace to you, Sweet Girl

      1. Anna says:

        Thank you so much for your kind words, Lana! I had no idea how blessed I would be by starting this blog — most of all, I treasure all the wonderful friendships I am making! You are such an inspiration, Lana, and a true blessing to all who visit your lovely blog! 🙂
        Blessings and hugs to you!
        ~ Anna

  17. Hi Lana, i love following your blog, i have nominated you for an award https://kerrybakesblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/the-blogger-recognition-award/ x

    1. Thank you so much, Kerry! I am so honored and grateful!

      1. Aw you’re welcome! X

  18. Hi! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, you can find more details here: http://www.mygorgeousrecipes.com/2015/11/29/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    1. Thank you so much, Daniela!! I am honored and appreciate this very much! It’s so nice to be recognized in a place where we think our work goes unnoticed 🙂

      1. You are very welcome! 😀

  19. M. L. Kappa says:

    Hi Lana! Lynn recommended you, so of course I had to change me and take a look. Now I’m stuck! Looking forward to trying out some recipes!

    1. Thanks so much, M.L.! Lynn’s a wonderful lady! I hope you enjoy what you see! Happy New Year!

  20. Hi Lana, I have just popped over to say Hi, and look forward to seeing more of your stunning blog. Lynn (Lynz Real Cooking) raves about you, as you know, and I am so pleased as her post has led me to your amazing blog. Take care and Happy New Year 🙂

    1. Hi Lynne! Welcome!! Thank you so very much! Lynn is a gem 🙂 Happy New Year to you as well!!

  21. Hi Lana, just discovered you after looking at the wonderful job you did with Lynn’s Mamul Cookies. What a fantastic blog! Looking forward to reading more… 😊

    1. Thank you so much! I look forward to exploring yours as well! All the best!

  22. Greetings Lana from sunny Florida! Glad to meet you through Lynz! I would like to invite you to check out a fairly new web site I started for Food Bloggers. https://wegrazetogether.wordpress.com. or you can thread through my main web site https://clwiser.wordpress.com to the “Participating Food Blogs” Post. Easy concept directly linking to your blog. We’d love to have you join us! You may see some Bloggers listed that you know! Have a lovely evening. Cheryl

    1. Hi Cheryl! This sounds wonderful! It would be a pleasure and joy to be a part of this journey! Thanks so much!

      1. Delighted to have you join us Bella, I’ll add your lovely blog now! I’ll be following you as well. Cheryl

      2. Thanks again for everything, Cheryl! I’m very excited!

      3. My pleasure Lana! Happy 2016!

      4. You are listed directly under Lynz! Welcome to We Graze Together! Cheryl

      5. Thank you very much, Cheryl!

  23. Osyth says:

    Hi Lana! Lynz Real Cooking led me to you and I am VERY glad she did …. what a lovely blog full of things that are making my mouth water 🙂

    1. Welcome, Osyth! haha! I’m doing my job then! Thank you so much for your gracious compliment!

      1. Osyth says:

        Oh you are certainly doing your job – thank you for following me too … I just hope I can do mine!

      2. Thanks, hon 🙂 You are certainly doing your job too! Your blog is filled with such wonderful information!

      3. Osyth says:

        Mainly useless big informative in its way 😉

      4. Good stuff for us info junkies, hon! Super blog 🙂

      5. Osyth says:

        Thank you and I like this term info junkies 🙂

  24. Just signed up to follow your beautiful blog. Can’t wait to have a look at some of your delicious food and posts.

    1. Thank you! And I your lovely blog!

  25. Hello Lana! Thanks for visiting. Your blog is lovely too so I’ll be following 🙂

    1. Thank you too, Chez!

  26. HI Lana– what a great cooking history you have. You mother sounds amazing! Fun to find your blog…

    1. Hi Rhonda! Thank you so very much! I’m so tickled that you did! My mother was the apple of my eye 🙂

      1. I have a mom like that too– she’s 85 and i talk to to her every day… Fun to hear for you Lana!! xo

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