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I’m Aggie, a 30-something year old girl living in sunny
Central Florida with my husband, 2 kids and dog.

Food has always been a big part of my life.  My parents and grandparents are from Sicily, so I can assure you, I grew up eating well.  My parents have owned an Italian restaurant most of my life, and my grandparents still make sauce every Sunday.  I never really had interest in cooking for myself since there was almost always someone else cooking for me at home (or at the restaurant!). However, I was definitely capable of throwing together great pasta and other Italian dishes.  That was just a given.

More than a few years ago, when I was home and pregnant with my first child, I discovered the Food Network.  It was on constantly at my house…Paula, Giada, Rachel, Ina, Tyler….I could tell you what time of day it was based on what show was on.  They were always keeping me company and teaching me new things.  I was constantly inspired and excited to cook.  Who knew?

These days, I must admit that Food Network is not on the television as much.  Disney Channel and Cartoon Network have taken over. But I’m still inspired. I am quite addicted to reading cookbooks and food magazines…and of course other food blogs and websites.  And every now and then I get to sneak a few of my favorite cooking shows that I’ve recorded on the DVR.

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My cooking and eating style has really evolved over the years.  I try to focus on using healthy, fresh and whole ingredients…I am obsessed with fresh produce and whole grains.  My pantry and veggie drawer are always overflowing and the Publix produce guy knows me by name.  I love keeping things simple in the kitchen, and love sharing my favorite ingredients and products with others. A couple of years ago, I gave up eating meat (other than seafood) during Lent. It was incredibly easier than I ever thought it would be. Since then, my taste for meat is not where it used to be. I don’t call myself a vegetarian, but I love to eat vegetarian. My preference is always fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and grains, though every now and then I really do crave a good burger. I will also never pass up one of my grandpa’s meatballs or chicken parm. I have learned to look for protein and nutrition in sources other than meat, such as beans, nuts, kale, quinoa and fish…just to name a few. My family has adapted to more meatless meals very well, and I know we are healthier because of it.

Many people ask me how I get my kids to eat what I eat.  Well….I don’t….at least not always.  They are still young and are somewhat picky, but I am always working on it. They are learning by example and are starting to come around on some foods.  For the most part they eat well, and they are eating more and more of what I’m cooking so that definitely makes me a happy mom. I have learned, and truly believe, that the more exposed they are to colorful fruits and vegetables, ethnic foods and different flavors, the more they will try and eventually develop their own tastes for good food. I really try not to force them to eat anything they don’t want to, but I always encourage them by constantly putting good food in front of them, even if they didn’t like it before. My kids’ tastes change by the day, and I never want to miss an opportunity for them to try something new or something they might not have liked before. My biggest advice to new (and not so new) moms: Don’t ever underestimate your kids’ tastes, they are always changing and will always surprise you if you let them.

Food isn’t the only thing that interests me….healthy living in general is a priority to me.  I love all kinds of exercise…swimming, yoga, pilates, spinning, weight training and sometimes running.  I have learned that I better love exercise….because if I didn’t I don’t know if I would be able to always enjoy all the great food that I do!  I also love to play in dirt…I’ve got an herb garden that gets bigger and bigger every year…as well as a small plot of dirt in the backyard that is the so called garden.  Now that is a work in progress.

I also enjoy reading good books, music and laughing.  My husband and kids help me with the laughing part.  :)

Thanks for reading Aggie’s Kitchen.

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Angel February 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Hello Aggie,

This is Angel, the editor of SavingsDiner.com – a rapidly growing blog about recipes, food, ways to save money, coupons, and all other things related to the family.

I just wanted to follow up to make sure you got my last email. I found your blog and had asked if you were interested in exchanging links with SavingsDiner.com.

Please get back to me and let me know if that interests you or not so I can add your link to our Blogroll section.

Thank you so much,

Angel
on behalf of SavingsDiner.com

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Lisa Anderson August 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Hi Aggie….I’m a first time visitor to your site via your brother Joey who worked on our computers this past week. I’m definitely bookmarking your site to come back for recipes. Every single recipe in your sidebar sounds absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try the black bean quesadillas and stuffed mushrooms!

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Maria Angarita August 30, 2011 at 8:42 am

Dear Aggie,

What a nice surprise … I finally know what you’ve been doing all this time :). I couldn’t be happier and I’m very proud of you. I absoultely love your website and your recipes. Everything look so delicious and I will be trying all of them very soon!!.

My best wishes for you always!!!

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Gloria Kersh September 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hi Aggie,
Just found your site and I’m also a big football watcher and food blogger. GO GATORS and Jags — super excited both of my teams won their games this weekend. I may not make it through every game, but I plan most menus like the players plan their plays (well maybe not that intense!! ) I look forward to browsing your site and checking out your food.

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Sunshine March 15, 2012 at 7:18 am

Hey Aggie,

Thanks for stopping over at my blog. I’ve already checked out several of your posts and I’m loving the recipes so far! It will be great to meet you at FBF!

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CJ at Food Stories May 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Just found your site on FoodBlogs.com and thought I’d stop by and check out your site. Looks great so I subscribed to your feed. Can’t wait to see what the next post will be!

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Aggies Kitchen May 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Hi CJ!! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello :)

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sapna May 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

hey..
how r u..u dont know me..i am from India.a homemaker now since i had my baby….
cooking is one of my favorite hobby..infact it is something i never get bored of…in my spare time i always look for new recipes and cook them for my hubby and my baby (though he is just 2yrs) . i wuld like to congratulate you for the wonderful web you have made and amazing recipes u have posted on it…i have not tried any one of them so far …but will soon try many. u have amazing photos here….not all the blogs have…thanks really …i am really havin a great time reading ur blog

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Aggies Kitchen May 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Thank you so much for the kind words!! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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albertocook September 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Hi, I’m Alberto from Italy.
Do you have a beautifull blog with many originals italian recipes.
I’m start a blog where i write the original italian dish of my family.
If you wont take some recipes you can take is a honor for me.
http://www.realitalindish.wordpress.com
Bye from Italy

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Sharon Thompson January 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Hi Aggie,
I’m writing about healthy recipes we can find on Pinterest and would like to include some information about your Board and your blog. I will include a link to your blog.
Who do you follow on Pinterest? Why do you like using Pinterest? What is your last name please? Also, I would like to include a recipe from your blog. Thanks so much!
Sharon Thompson
Food writer
Lexington Herald-Leader
100 Midland Avenue
Lexington, Ky. 40508

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Manasa January 30, 2013 at 5:33 am

Hey Aggie,
Your blog looks awesome :)
I am writing to you to introduce you to Etable.in – it is a online community of food lovers. We have a blog too. I would like to know if you will be interested in contributing articles to our blog.
Let me know how we can take this forward.
Thanks for your time :)
Cheers!
Manasa.

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Allison @ thebakingyear March 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Hi Aggie!
I just stumbled across your blog, and I have to say…it’s WONDERFUL! Your photos and recipes are fantastic, and I can’t wait to try some of them out!

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Krista May 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Hi Aggie,

I would love to send you a Zojirushi rice cooker, a wonderful kitchen helper that makes more than just white rice! Healthy living and healthy eating with hearty grains like brown rice, oats, quinoa is made easy with a Zojirushi! I would love to talk further…love your site and what you are about! I could not find your email address on your site…sorry!

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Lisa November 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Aggie -
I’m really enjoying your blog, the photography and the approachable manner in which you write. I am just starting a blog of my own and as a fan and fellow Floridian, I wanted to say, “hi!” I also appreciate your thoughts on getting kids to try new foods! My approach was simply to feed my daughter whatever we were eating. I have friends who make 2 and 3 different dinners each night because of the kids’ food preferences. I say, “Really?” Bravo on your blog!

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Joan Metzger April 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Sign me up foe email updates. Thanks

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Aggies Kitchen April 15, 2014 at 11:57 am

Hi Joan, I’ve signed you up, you should get your first email next week! Thank you!

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