Ciao! Let me introduce myself. I am Daniela Useli and I want to share with you the traditional foods of my Italy, and my home, Sardinia, where meals are prepared with simple and locally-grown, fresh ingredients. As a child, I would spend much time in the kitchen with my mother, a culinary artist in her own right, as she prepared wonderful meals and beautiful, delicious pastries. I learned at my mother's apron strings and she at her mother's apron strings and so on. This way, the traditional Sardinian and family receipes continue to live.
Daniela, Executive Chef
It has been many years since my 8th birthday when I was given my first recipe book. Even then, at such an early age, my passion for cooking was apparent. I have prepared all the recipes in that treasured book many times over, and the pages are well worn with love.
There is no greater joy then to have family and friends alike to my table and see their eyes close head nod upon the first bite. I revel in throwing parties and I have been known to have up to 150 guests. For these types of occasions, I will be in the kitchen from early dawn and through the night preparing, with love, the foods of my home country.
An Idea is Born
Any cook worth their salt, continues to work and refine their recipes, whether a pinch more of this or a little less of that, and I too was doing the same with my spinach lasagna. The results of this recipe have been unanimous among our best friends: it is a delicate, light, fabulous dish. At that point, I thought it could be time to submit my creativity to the attention of all those people who like to eat well, and that's the reason I decided to open my little store.
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