I’m a school teacher that secretly aspires to be a restaurateur. Do I necessarily want to slave away in a hot restaurant kitchen?? Ummm…no. But do I want to share my cooking with the world (that’s being a bit lofty) and have people try my recipes?? Yes! 🙂 This is why I started this blog…If you enjoy dry sarcasm, self-deprecating humor, food, and a touch of sassiness then you’ve hit the jackpot! I also enjoy dining out and attending food events around the country–sometimes I post about that as well.

In addition to constantly eating, I am a huge music lover and love discovering new music so maybe you hate to cook and we can talk music instead! Sometimes I’m a bit over the top, I like to make people laugh by being silly, I’m obsessed with my wiener dog (Stella), I have a huge fear of spiders, I speak Italian fluently, and I grew up on an island.

I love cooking and entertaining for friends. I hope that you enjoy my recipes/tips/posts/etc. and please feel free to comment and ask me questions. I’m a teacher, I love questions. If there is anything you’d like to see or have any suggestions, please let me know! This is a learning process for me and I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Buon appetito!


20120318-162247.jpgI can be reached at thefoodieteacher@gmail.com. Also, feel free to follow me on Instagram (thefoodieteacher) or on Twitter (@TheFoodieTeach).

16 Comments on “About”

  1. June 23, 2014 at 3:57 am #


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  2. Diana
    June 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    You were my Italian professor about a million (or was it 10?) years ago at FSU. I’m a huge foodie and love cooking, and am so loving seeing all of your recipes – I have a fam member in MIA who suggested I take a look at your blog. Small world!

  3. September 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Hello! My name is Grace and I am the founder of Miami Culinary Tours (www.miamiculinarytours.com)

    I wanted to extend an invitation for you to experience and review our South Beach Food Tour or Little Havana Food Tour on your website. At all of our tours we emphasize the importance of supporting small local (and family run) neighborhood restaurants.

    I promise you’ll have fun while enjoying delicious cuisine! And you will learn a thing or two about Miami that you might have never known.

    If you want to join us, I will be happy to grant you complimentary tickets. Please e-mail me at info @ miamiculinarytours.com

    It will be an honor to have you!

    Grace Della

    • September 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      Thanks, Grace! I will be in touch! Thank you for the offer, your tour looks great.

  4. April 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I too speak Italian fluently (well I am Italian, it may help) and I too live on an Island. A rather big one: Britain. All of this to say nice blog… 😉


    • April 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

      Ha, grazie! I just took a look at your blog and it’s lovely! There are definitely some recipes I would like to try. Bravo

      • April 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

        Thanks! I will look forward to your thoughts once you’ve tried them then… 😉


  5. November 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    I enjoy your recipes! And funny when you say ” I speak Italian fluently, and I grew up on an island. Random!”

    • FoodieMel
      November 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      Thanks! Hope you continue to visit!

  6. Mina Hailstone
    April 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Hi Melissa! What a really BEAUTIFUL woman you have become. Looks like you inherited your dad’s love for cooking. I am excited to read your blog. I live to cook too.

    • FoodieMel
      April 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      Hi Mina!! Thanks! I hope you enjoy the blog and try some of the recipes. Thanks for the kind words. xoxo

  7. April 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    Hi Mel, great recipes, very healthful and concise! I think your students might have lunchbox envy when they see what you’ve made the night before! Thanks for your words & encouragement, happy cooking! 🙂

    • FoodieMel
      April 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Thanks!! I have food envy over your recipes, fantastic job!

  8. March 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Sure am glad I found this site…
    Looks great and I’m willing to bet it tastes great too.
    Definitely a “follow”.

    • FoodieMel
      March 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      Glad you’re here!! Enjoy!

  9. February 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your blog looks great so far. Good luck!

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