I like to think that this blog is about a lot more than me. On the other hand, if I must tell you about me in order to learn about you, well then here it is. You could say that my life has centered around the 4 ‘P’s- People, Pasta, Passion and Perseverance- each of those influencing my life on a daily basis. If we focus on the “people” component, I would have to say it probably began with my mother. Afterall, she is the one who instilled in me a sense of endless possibilities and optimism. Then, there was my second grade teacher who opened my eyes to the world of books. Also extremely influential were my French relatives who initiated me to the world of food and cooking and enjoying a 3 hour Sunday lunch at the ripe age of 7. None of this would have happened without my husband, my sister and the cosmic universe of friends and family who have always, and I mean always, been by my side in everything I do. Of course I owe huge gratitude to Marcella Hazan, who shared with me her recipe for making perfect pasta. Last, but not least, are the millions and millions of people who have bought, cooked, enjoyed and appreciated Al Dente Pasta over the years. That is why I am so excited about this blog. I will now have a way of actually connecting with those millions and millions of people which was never before possible. I really hope you’ll share recipes, swap stories and reveal your latest discoveries. I promise that I will, so don’t forget to check the blog often.