I grew up in a household that loved food - particularly Italian food. Not only do I have an Italian father who insists on pasta as often as possible, but my (Canadian) mother excels at Italian cooking.  Unsurprisingly, if you find yourself at my parents’ house, you can unearth videos of me, age three, learning how to twirl spaghetti — clearly a necessary skill in my family. Italian cuisine is as much about food and fresh ingredients as it is about family, and a meal always presents an opportunity to connect with those closest to you. As a result (and as you might guess from the rest of this blog), I like to cook, I love to eat, and I love to share meals with others.

I started this blog up while I was living in Louisville, KY for my first job out of law school and figured it would be an easy way to share my food and recipes with friends. Over the course of that first year I learned that I loved blogging much more than I expected - it introduced me to food enthusiasts and critics, and it lead me to write a book on mason jar salads, Mason Jar Salads and More.

I now live in DC with my husband, Kyle. Since starting the blog, I've started working for a law firm and my free time has greatly diminished. As a result, you may increasingly see non-recipe posts that focus on DC restaurants and bars, or some travel blog entries. 

If you have found my site by chance, welcome! I hope you enjoy the site!

A few other things:

  • Photos: Unless otherwise noted, the photos here are copyrighted and belong to me, Julia Mirabella. If you are a business, all photos are available for licensed use, at reasonable rates. If you are not a business and would like to use my photos, please ask. You can email me at: mirabella@myfoodandotherstuff.com
  • Comments: I love to hear back from readers so please, if you have other recipe recommendations, tweaks to my recipes or really anything to say, leave me a comment!
  • Email: If you don't want to leave a comment, but still have a question for me you can email me at mirabella@myfoodandotherstuff.com.
  • Camera Equipment: I use a Nikon D5200 for most of my photos, and when I'm not using that I use my iPhone 6. When the D5200 doesn't quite do the trick, Adobe Lightroom picks up the slack.
  • Contributors:
    • Julia Mirabella: Visual Director, and Editor-in-Chief.
    • Kyle Thomson: Food Evangelist and Staff Editor.