Hello there, and welcome to my little blog, On The Bias. I'm Gianna, the recipe developer behind this whole thing.
I started cooking in college, for many reasons- to save money, to eat healthfully, and to re-create family recipes that I missed while I was away at school.
But I continued cooking because I truly loved it.
I'm a New Jersey Italian. Some of my favorite meals are those that my grandmother makes for holidays and Sunday dinners. Her stuffed peppers, lasagna, and meatloaf are some of my all time favorites.
Food and College Life...
I moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University and received my bachelors and masters degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. Boston's spectacular culinary scene blew me away. I'd never experienced city food before. The variety. The creativity. I was hooked.
I became so enthralled with all the good food there was to experience. It was in Boston that my love for sushi blossomed. I had Omakase for the first time. And soup dumplings. And Pho.
And though dining out got expensive, it opened up a new world for me. The meals I ate at restaurants motivated me to step up my own cooking. Maybe you can relate.
So though I am a home cook without any formal training, I am by no means "self- taught". In fact, I firmly believe that there is no such thing. Gosh I hate when people use the term "self taught."
Over the past 10 years, I've spent countless hours learning from many sources: restaurant menus, Food Network, YouTube, recipe blogs, cookbooks, traveling, magazines, Instagram, a class at the ICE, YouTube, and did I mention YouTube?
On Sundays I'm perfectly happy to stay in, pop open some wine, and spend the day cooking with my husband, Andrew, and our dog, Wendy. Sundays are for the more time consuming meals like braised short ribs, Red Wine Ragu, or whole roasted chicken.
We often share our creations with friends who live nearby. Our dining room table seats 6, so that's enough for 4 invites. They bring the wine.
On weekdays, I love making faster, but still awesome meals that help get me through the work week- coffee rubbed flank steak and a delicious snappy side salad, a sheet pan meal of salmon and roasted vegetables, and don't even get me started on the joy of whipping up a 15-minute pasta sauce using pasta water as the key ingredient.
It's indisputable that eating at good restaurants will always be a huge source of my cooking motivation, especially as a city dweller. But my bank account, and my friends, thank me for my home cooking skills that fill the gaps.
I hope you enjoy my recipes.
This spicy tomato soup recipe with Calabrian Chili Peppers is one of the best tomato soup recipes you'll find. That's because it's simple, delicious, has a slight kick, and comes together in just 30 minutes. There's really no better weekday lunch than this homemade tomato soup alongside a perfect grilled cheese sandwich. This comfort food…
This Spicy Chicken Salad Recipe has such a delicious flavor profile with lots of textural components. It's quite similar in flavor to many Italian chicken salad recipes. That's because unlike the more classic chicken salad recipes in the U.S that are strictly mayo-based, this one calls for lots of acidic ingredients in addition to the…
With only 5 delicious ingredients, this Bacon Spaghetti Recipe is so simple and takes just 30 minutes to make. It's one of those Italian-inspired pasta dishes that is so perfect because of its simplicity. Use good quality ingredients and the right techniques, and you'll be amazed by what a perfect dish this is. I love…
This 3-Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip has only, you guessed it, 3 ingredients: cream cheese, a can of chili, and cheddar cheese. And let me tell you, it is a crowd favorite. I think the reason it's so popular is that it delivers on flavor, convenience, and cost, and takes just a few minutes to assemble.…
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